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Monday, June 9, 2014
Scout's take: RB Rodney Anderson to OU

By Tom Luginbill

Oklahoma picked up its second ESPN 300 prospect this month with the addition of running back Rodney Anderson. Here’s what his commitment means to the Sooners:

Rodney Anderson
Size and pass-catching ability could make Rodney Anderson an every-down player for OU.
What he brings: This is a dynamic running back who can help move the chains on both running and pass downs. Anderson has a college-ready running style and great size upside that makes it difficult to label him an all-purpose back. He is quick to identify the cutback and hit it with downhill urgency. He will make defenders miss in the hole, but his yards stem from power and the great strength to break first contact on a regular basis. For a taller back, he runs lower through traffic and is difficult to take down when he generates momentum. He is very athletic with good hands and ball skills out the backfield and could create nice matchups in the Sooners’ passing game.

How he fits: Oklahoma could have a future every-down player and a back that fits its open offensive concepts and running attack. The Sooners like to get the ball to their backs through inside and outside runs as well as through the air, and this guy has the ability to move the chains in a lot ways.

Reminds us of: Oklahoma State RB Desmond Roland, who had similar measurables coming out of high school, as well as versatility in a big frame to contribute as a pass catcher, returner and the power yards between the tackles.

How class is shaping up: The Sooners are just outside the top 15 in the class rankings with five out of their six commitment prospects currently inside the ESPN 300. The Sooners are doing a good job filling needs on both sides of the ball with system-fitting prospects.