A visit from Texas Longhorns wide receivers coach Jay Norvell produced an offer for 2017 Frisco offensive guard Jack Anderson on Monday evening:
I have received an Offer from the University of Texas.. #HookEm— Jack Anderson5⃣3⃣ (@JackAnderson_53) May 18, 2015
A consensus four-star recruit ranked as the No. 55 prospect overall, the No. 1 offensive guard, and the No. 7 player in Texas, Anderson is one of the elite prospects in the 2017 cycle. As a result, he already holds 36 offers, including Arkansas, Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, California, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kansas State, Louisville, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas Tech,and USC.
Family ties to Texas A&M and Texas Tech have the Aggies and Red Raiders well out in front in his recruitment early, as the two schools combine to hold all six of his 247Sports Crystal Ball predictions. Anderson has visited both campuses multiple times, along with Oklahoma.
Given the already advanced nature of his recruitment, it didn't make sense for the Longhorns to continue waiting to offer Anderson, even though offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline has only approved three other offers to offensive linemen and none to interior prospects.
Other than the offer list and pure rankings, Anderson proved himself in March at the Nike Opening Regional Dallas by holding his own against an impressive group of interior defenders that included four-star prospects Kendell Jones, Jordan Elliott, and Chris Daniels, earning an invitation to the Finals in the process. It's extremely rare for any recruits heading into their junior season to receive a trip to the Nike facilities for that event, much less an offensive lineman.
At 6'4.5 and 285 pounds, Anderson has the size and mobility that he could conceivably play outside in college, but it's his lower-body strength and overall base that makes him so intriguing as a prospect -- he's able to anchor against bigger players despite the fact that he isn't carrying excess bad weight that adds to his body mass.