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Sunday, February 24, 2013
2015 RB Anderson stands out at SPARQ

By Sam Khan Jr.

SHENANDOAH, Texas -- Katy (Texas) High School running back Rodney Anderson isn't your typical sophomore.

An injury to a teammate opened up an opportunity for him to start at running back as a freshman for Katy, a perennial powerhouse. As a sophomore, he already has a state championship as the Tigers went 16-0 en route to the Class 5A Division II title in 2012, a season in which Anderson split time between running back and receiver after his teammate, Nebraska signee Adam Taylor, returned healthy from his injury and got the majority of the backfield carries.

Rodney Anderson
Tailback Rodney Anderson posted the best SPARQ rating of any 2015 recruits.
But Anderson has seen and done a lot of things that many sophomores don't get to. On Saturday at the Houston edition of the Nike Football SPARQ Combine at Woodforest Bank Stadium, Anderson showed why he's to be considered an elite 2015 prospect, posting the best SPARQ rating (109.29) of all the 2015 players in attendance.

All in all, life is good for Anderson, who also figures to be a sought-after recruit.

"I felt the season went very well, just the way we wanted it," Anderson said. "I got to show how diverse of a back I can be and I think that's good for colleges to see."

On Saturday, Anderson turned in a 4.63-second 40-yard dash, a 4.13-second performance in the 20-yard shuttle and 36.9 inch vertical leap. His on-field production has matched those marks when he has had the ball in his hands, which is why he's on the radars of schools like Alabama and Oklahoma.

"The game has slowed down for me," Anderson said. "I got a lot more comfortable in the second year. I feel right at home where I'm supposed to be and I can do what I need to do to get myself to the next level."

The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Anderson attended several college games in 2012, including Alabama-Michigan at Cowboys Stadium, Florida-Texas A&M in College Station, Texas and Oklahoma-Kansas State in Norman, Okla.

"I really liked the Alabama and the OU games," Anderson said. "I got to talk to [both of their] running back coaches and I like how they run their offenses and how they use their backs."

He has been keeping in touch with Cale Gundy at Oklahoma and offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier at Alabama. Anderson said he plans to attend a camp at each of those two schools this summer.

"I just want to stand out and be the most standout back that they see at the camp," Anderson said. "That's all I can do."

He hopes to become more explosive this offseason while running track. He is participating in all the sprint relays for Katy.

"I'm using track to build up my breakaway speed so that after I've done my thing in the hole, I can break away," Anderson said.