Anderson talks Sun Devil pledge

Committing sight unseen is a rarity in college football, but with a former New Orleans O.Perry Walker High School teammate already at ASU, and with all the information he had already gained about the Sun Devils, committing to Arizona State today seemed only natural for 2014 offensive line prospect Alex Anderson.

"It feels good to commit," said the 6-4 290 Alex Anderson. "Coach Norvell and Coach Thomsen recruited me harder than anyone else and they are great coaches. They showed up in the spring at my high school and showed me that they wanted me more than the other big offers I had.

"I talked to Corey Smith who played with me (at O.Perry Walker) and he's been there (at ASU) for a few weeks, and said that he likes it so much that he doesn't want to come back home. He really likes how everything is set up there for you to succeed in football and in class. He said that makes him want to work hard. I was also talking a lot to Manny Wilkins the quarterback who's committed there.

"So after I heard everything they said I just knew I'm all for it and I want to be a part of that team. How could I have a better opportunity than this?"

Anderson had Arizona and Arkansas on his short list, and was sporting several other offers from schools such as Kentucky, Miami, Missouri, Oregon State, Texas Tech, Utah and West Virginia. The lineman is ranked by Fox Sports Next as the nation's #23 offensive guard in the 2014 class, yet the Arizona State staff has a different role in mind for him.

"Coach Thomsen wants me at tackle," Anderson stated. "He told me that I'm a very active and nasty player and that's the type of players he likes to coach. He also liked that everytime I was in a big game I showed up and played well."

The lineman commented that he did want to commit this early in the year so he can concentrate on his senior year. He added that he doesn't feel the need to explore other opportunities in the future.

"I feel that this is a solid commit," Anderson said, "and I'm sold on ASU."

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