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Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Aggies land ESPN Junior 300 Anderson

By Sam Khan Jr.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Texas A&M got some positive news on Tuesday gaining the commitment of a significant prospect in the class of 2015.

ESPN Junior 300 running back Rodney Anderson (Katy, Texas/Katy) became the Aggies' second commitment of the 2015 class, giving Texas A&M his pledge as he concluded an unofficial visit to campus on Tuesday.

Anderson visited campus with his parents and took in the Aggies' second preseason practice on Tuesday afternoon. The 6-foot-1, 205-pound prospect is ranked 119th overall in the 2015 ESPN Junior 300 and the ninth-best running back in the class nationally.

The four-star prospect also had offers from Auburn, Baylor, Houston, LSU, Michigan State, Texas and Texas Tech. He said he didn't anticipate committing before he stepped on campus on Tuesday but at the end of the trip, felt right about it.

"I didn't come thinking that I was going to commit," Anderson said. "I felt like it was the best decision for me, so I did."

Anderson, who was recruited by Texas A&M offensive coordinator and running backs coach Clarence McKinney, has been a two-year varsity starter for Katy, a perennial Texas high school powerhouse. He is one of only two players in the last 31 years who started as a freshman on Katy's varsity team, according to Katy coach Gary Joseph.

As a freshman he filled in for then-injured running back Adam Taylor, a 2013 Nebraska signee and four-star prospect, and led the Tigers with 1,169 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns on 159 carries. Last season Anderson split time between running back and receiver when Taylor returned to the lineup. Anderson was part of a Katy team that won the Texas Class 5A Division II state championship, leading the team in receiving with 436 receiving yards and seven touchdowns.

While in College Station on Tuesday, Anderson and his parents got a full tour of the campus in addition to taking in the early-evening practice.

"We got to see the academic side and look at the campus and all of the dorms," Anderson said. "We got to come out to (Kyle) Field and see how everything is put together and then came to practice and then I got to sit in on the running backs' film session. I got the whole package and it was real cool seeing all of that."

Anderson said the feel of the town was something he liked also and somewhat similar to his current hometown.

"Coming from Katy, there's a lot of tradition and a small-town feel and everything," Anderson said. "It's really a lot like A&M. I feel like it's a good fit for me, it's close to home and I have my family close and it's a good fit for me all around."

Earlier this year, Anderson took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M for it's "Friday Night Lights" scrimmage. He said the most impressive part of the campus was just the feeling he got.

"It felt right," Anderson said. "It really felt like the best decision for me."

The versatile back is a "quiet kid" according to Joseph, but Anderson a driven player with confidence. He has noted before that he wants to break records for Katy.

"Personally, I want to beat everything that Adam did," Anderson said in May. "Because Adam beat everything that Donovonn [Young] did and Donovonn beat everything that Will Jeffery did, and so on. I'm trying to keep it going and build on it."

Anderson joins Houston Clear Lake tight end Jordan Davis in Texas A&M's 2015 recruiting class. Anderson was one of two ESPN Junior 300 prospects visiting Texas A&M on Tuesday. Cornerback Kendall Sheffield (Missouri City, Texas/Thurgood Marshall), the No. 19 player in the ESPN Junior 300, also took in the Aggies' evening practice on Tuesday with his father, Cecil Sheffield.