Tide Gets Late Signee

The University of Alabama has added a late signee for the fall of 2005. Eryk Anders, from Smithson Valley, Texas, is set to move to Tuscaloosa.

"I signed my commitment papers last week," said Eryk Anders. "The coaches had asked me to walk on two months ago. I decided not to do it. They told me if a scholarship became available they would get back in touch with me. They called me two weeks ago and said a player could not get in school, and I had a scholarship."

"I feel very relieved. I had been really down because I thought I would have to walk on somewhere. I knew I was good enough to be a scholarship player at a D-I school," Anders added.

Anders is ready for his position and said, "The coaches have told me I will play linebacker. I am 6-2, 220 pounds. I run a 4.4 in the forty. I think the main reason why coaches were not recruiting me was because I played defensive tackle at my high school. Coaches are not looking for 6-2, 200 pound three technique players."

"I have talked to Coach Joe Kines. He is very straight-up with me. He said he wasn't going to be my friend. He is going to be my coach, and I am his player. He said he would take it day- by-day with me to learn the linebacker position," Anders added.

Anders has learned what Alabama is about and said, "The only thing I really know about Alabama is they have a history of winning. I am really excited to get there. I will enroll August 8th."

Anders is set to move and the Alabama coaches are wanting him on the field.

"The coaches have told me they will use me on special teams this fall, and I could see some playing time. We will just have to wait to see how practice goes," Anders said.

When asked if the Alabama scholarship had not become available, Anders replied, "I didn't really know where I would be going. I was hoping to go to a school in Texas, but after nothing worked out I knew I would have to leave the state. My coach went to a coaching clinic at Alabama. He took my tape to Coach Bob Connelly. Coach Connelly liked it a lot. I guess that's how I got my scholarship."

Anders had an impressive junior campaign and stated, "Last season, I had 118 tackles, 41 tackles for loss, and 16 sacks. I was named 1st Team All-State (5A), 1st Team All-District, and our team won the Area Championship."

"I would say my strength is my reaction time," Anders said about his strengths. "I am also very fast and quick. I have really good hands. I know that playing defensive tackle and linebacker are two different things, but having good hands helps you at both positions."

Welcome to Eryk Anders.

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