"I was going to wait and see but I came down here this weekend with everything going on and I really think this is the place for me," Anderson said. "I love Coach Stops, what he is doing down here. He's a real intense guy and I really do feel he's going to turn this program around. If I didn't I wouldn't have I wouldn't have committed."
It was a perfect weekend for the 6-6, Apache Junction product to come visit. Not only was the football team conducting their first fall scrimmage, but on Sunday the basketball program welcomed home a number of alums for the Lute Olson All-Star Classic.
Anderson, clad in a throwback Wildcat jersey and white UA cap, was in high heaven. He was getting a basketball signed by many of the former UA greats.
"This is an awesome event," gushed Anderson. "I did grow up as an Arizona basketball fan, since I was little, little I have always been a fan of the UofA. I just love the feel of it down here."
As impressed as he was with the hoop festivities, he was also very intrigued with the scrimmage the night before. For Anderson it further cemented things in his mind.
"I saw a lot of good stuff happening," Anderson confessed. "It is a very young team. What they did out there looked very good."
Anderson was accompanied by his father, who was clad in an Arizona T-shirt on both days, and being close to his family was important to him. He had a number of out of state offers, including Colorado, but the proximity sealed the deal.
"My dad, my mom, my sister, my grandma, my grandpa have always been there for me, have always been around watching me," Anderson explained. "It is an excellent attribute to have them around."
He can play either tight end or defensive end. Last year he had 49 tackles, four sacks, four forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries. On offense, he caught six passes for 125 yards and a touchdown. Anderson was named first team all-region on defense, but will play tight end for the Wildcats.
In fact, he'd like to play tight end as soon as he gets on campus.
"There is a lot of opportunity to play right away," he explained. "I asked if I would play as a true freshman and he (Stoops) said ‘if I earn it', which I am hoping to do. I am hoping to come out and show my stuff right away and hopefully I can earn a starting spot."
He may have been all region as a defensive end, but he was All-State in basketball. In fact, the power forward may be able to continue his hoops career after he gets to college.
"I am looking into playing both sports," Anderson said. "I talked to Lute today and he said after football to come out and he'll see what I have."
For now Anderson just wants to get faster and stronger. He'll play both football and basketball for Apache Junction High School, while also working on a "rigorous" training program that will emphasize running, speed training and strength training.