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Anderson Becomes Arkansas' 14th Pledge

Arkansas landed its 14th pledge of the 2017 class on Thursday night when Katy, Texas, defensive end Ryder Anderson commits to the Razorbacks.

Arkansas kept its recruiting momentum going on Thursday night when Katy, Texas, three-star defensive end Ryder Anderson (6-6, 230) decided to commit to the Razorbacks.

Anderson, who Arkansas got a look at at a satellite camp in Houston on June 7, took an unofficial visit to Fayetteville earlier this week and chose the Razorbacks over Boise State, Colorado State, Yale and Harvard among a total of 14 offers.

"It just felt very comfortable and I knew that it was the right place for me almost immediately when I arrived on campus earlier this week," Anderson said. "I love the coaches and the facilities and know I am going to a place that has schools and facilities that will help me develop.

"They have a state of the art weight room that is just huge and coaches they care about just as much as a person as they do as a player. A lot of coaches say that, but they don't mean it."


Anderson's chief recruiter was Razorback secondary coach Paul Rhodes, the former long-time Iowa State head coach.

"Coach Rhodes is a great man and a great coach," Anderson said. "He was the one that really got things rolling for me with Arkansas. He is a man that I really trust.

Anderson is one of eight starters back from a Katy that went 16-0 last season and finished ranked third nationally by USA Today.

The defense allowed just 62 points overall last season and finished up with a 34-7 win over Lake Travis - the school of fellow 2017 Razorback commit Maleek Barkley - while winning its eighth state title.

"It really was a great season for us and was the culmination of a lot of hard work, really two years of getting to that point," Anderson said. "Winning the state was just fantastic and while we lost a lot of guys, we always have ones ready to step right in."


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