The Texas Longhorns started off the 2015 cycle at running back by offering Rockwall's Chris Warren and Plano West's Soso Jamabo, both big backs who could end up at other positions by the time they get to college. On Saturday, the Longhorns extended their second offer to a pure running back in the class, Katy's Rodney Anderson, who joins Dallas Skyline's Jordan Stevenson.
A Sophomore Day attendee, Anderson is a four-star prospect by 247Sports and the no. 2 all-purpose back in the country. The 6'0, 205-pounder holds offers from Baylor, Michigan State, Texas A&M, and Texas Tech, and is apparently interested in Alabama, which has not yet offered. For a running back whose recruitment is starting to take off, the best time to enter into it in a serious way is always as soon as possible.
The 2011 replacement for Nebraska signee Adam Taylor after Taylor when down with an ACL injury early in the first game, Anderson starred as a freshman, picking up 1,1167 yards as the load back and scoring 14 touchdowns. With Taylor back for his senior season last fall, Anderson had to take a back seat to his bruising backfield mate, attempting almost 70 fewer rushes as a sophomore, though he did score 16 touchdowns and added another 460 yards and seven touchdowns through the air.
That production through the air is a major reason for the all-purpose back classification that is a bit of a misnomer because he has already proven he can handle a large number of carries. Oh yeah, and Anderson is also a threat in the return game, another reason why he's called an all-purpose back.
Perhaps a bit high-cut, Anderson is still within the ideal range for a college running back in terms of his height and physically looks like an older player, not surprising after his massive production as soon as he stepped onto campus at Katy.
A long strider with good speed, Anderson has the vision to bounce plays outside, but is also decisive north-south when necessary and capable of getting behind his pads to use his strength to break arm tackles. Since he does have a long stride, he's not the most explosive player in short areas and his feet aren't great in terms of jumps cuts, but overall he's a well-rounded back who knows how to win and has proven durability.
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