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Thursday, April 18, 2013
UT offer a big deal for 2014 RB Anderson

By Max Olson

When Texas offered Plano (Texas) West 2015 running back Soso Jamabo earlier this month, his teammate Auston Anderson assumed that meant the Longhorns were done recruiting junior backs.

Anderson was in for a pleasant surprise then when Texas co-offensive coordinator Darrell Wyatt stopped by Plano West on Wednesday with the hopes of seeing him.

“Coach Wyatt came down here and I talked with him for not much more than maybe five minutes,” Anderson said. “He checked me out, did the eyeball test I guess. We talked and then I went off the class.

“I came back two hours and coach said, ‘Oh yeah, by the way, Texas wants to offer.' "

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound back already held offers from a dozen other schools, including Baylor, Texas Tech, Stanford, UCLA, Arkansas and Washington.

But this new one got his attention.

“Well, it’s pretty big,” he said. “I really like the University of Texas. I was not expecting this.”

Who’s the early favorite for Anderson? There’s a good chance it’s Northwestern, where he took an unofficial visit last weekend. He called that the best overall visit he's taken thus far.

Anderson has also visited Baylor, Tulsa and Rice. If his Plano West relays team makes it to the state track and field meet in Austin, he’d like to stop by Texas for a visit to see the facilities and meet Mack Brown.

Anderson has been a Texas fan for a long time, so it’s safe to say this offer is a bit of a curveball for his recruitment.

“It’s kind of all sinking in. I wouldn’t say I’m big-time, but getting one from Texas is a big deal, especially here at Plano West,” Anderson said. “Texas definitely a program I watched growing up. I’ve been watching the University of Texas for many years.”

As a junior, Anderson rushed for 1,156 yards and 13 touchdowns on 168 carries while splitting reps with Jamabo.

Other than possibly checking out Texas in May, Anderson doesn’t have any more visits lined up. He’d like to see a few more of the schools that have offered before he starts pondering a decision.

“At this stage, it’s not pretty far away but reasonably far away,” he said. “I’ll give it a couple more months and we’ll see who else comes to the table so I can evaluate and make a good decision.”