- Sam Khan Jr., ESPN Staff Writer
LEANDER, Texas — This summer hasn't been too eventful for Katy (Texas) High School 2015 running back Rodney Anderson.
He hasn't been attending any college camps, instead focusing on getting healthy for the fall. Anderson suffered a minor knee injury in May during a Katy spring practice that kept him out of the spring game, but his recovery has been fast. He already has been cleared medically for all football activities.
Even so, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect decided to continue resting and was a spectator at the Texas state 7-on-7 championships, rooting on his Katy teammates, who went 3-2 in the tournament. His preparation for the fall isn't different than it has been in the past.
"It's the same as always," Anderson said. "Training hard, grinding it out all summer and getting ready for the season."
In the meantime, Anderson picked up a new offer, with LSU throwing its hat into the ring on Friday. The Tigers are the eighth program to offer Anderson, who also holds offers from Auburn, Baylor, Houston, Michigan State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
"It was very interesting," Anderson said of the LSU offer. "I don't really know much about LSU but I definitely want to check it out."
In the near future, his potential stops could include visits to two of the in-state schools that have offered him.
"I'm going to try to go to [Texas] on the 27th [for Texas Stampede]," Anderson said. "I'll maybe try to go to A&M some time soon, too."
Anderson has made a trip to each of those schools once already.
"I went up there with my mom and we had lunch with them," Anderson said of Texas.
As for A&M, Anderson said, "I may just go to hang out and check out the campus more. I really liked it when I went there last time."
This season will be a bit different than the last two for Anderson. In his freshman season, he was thrown into the fire as a starter after then-starter Adam Taylor suffered a season-ending injury. When Taylor, a 2013 Nebraska signee, returned to the lineup last season, Anderson moved into a dual role, sharing carries in the backfield and getting plenty of time at receiver.
He'll see time at both offensive positions again this fall, but is happy to share the load once again.
"I'm definitely excited to get back there and lead but we've got a great back behind me in [2016 running back] Kyle Porter and we're going to be a dynamic duo as well," Anderson said.
After seeing Taylor as a leader, Anderson said he's going to try to follow his former teammate's example in hopes of emerging into a better leader for the defending Texas Class 5A Division II state champions.
"His intensity is really high and he was always talking and trying to encourage his teammates, even when things didn't seem like they were going very well," Anderson said of Taylor. "We really fed off of that and that's what I'm going to try to do this year and keep the team's spirits up."