- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
Katy (Texas) High School 2015 running back Rodney Anderson has no qualms with taking a backseat on his team this season. He knows his time is coming.
Adam Taylor might be the Tigers’ feature back, but Anderson has rushed for 900 yards and 16 touchdowns this season. Not bad for a sophomore.
And Anderson is already drawing plenty of attention from colleges thus far. While he’s yet to pick up his first offer, some big programs have shown they’re interested.
“I’ve talked to Alabama and I went to their camp last summer,” Anderson said. “I went to a couple Oklahoma games, a couple A&M games and I’ve been hearing from Baylor, too.”
Though those were unofficial visits, Anderson said he’s figured out what his top two schools are going into the offseason: Oklahoma and Alabama.
He took in Texas A&M’s opener against Florida and Oklahoma’s game against Kansas State. Though both home teams lost, Anderson said he preferred the experience at OU.
“I like the way they play,” he said, “and I’ve talked to their running backs coach and really like how he describes how they use their running backs.”
Anderson camped at Alabama and hopes to return to Tuscaloosa for another camp next summer.
“I grew up an Alabama fan. They always have great running backs coming through,” Anderson said. “I really like coach [Burton] Burns and really like that school, and my uncle went there too.”
Anderson said Texas has also been sending him mail and sent a recruiter to Katy last week to watch him practice. He’s also heard good things about Texas A&M from Katy grads who have gone off to College Station and liked that it’s close to home.
He’s not spending much time thinking about recruiting right now, not with Katy one game away from a state championship. Once the season ends, Anderson is looking forward to more and more schools showing interest.
“I’m really excited,” Anderson said. “I want to narrow it down and make the decision that fits me best. The earliest I’d probably commit is the spring of my junior year.”
But he can’t wait for that junior season, when Anderson will be Katy’s No. 1 back. He’s taken away plenty from playing behind Taylor during the senior’s 2,000-plus yard season.
“He’s contributed a whole lot. It would be hard without him,” Anderson said. “I’m glad we have him. It’s been great because not only do I learn a lot from him, but he learns from me, too.”
546dSam Khan Jr. and Max Olson