The Daphne High standout visited Auburn over the weekend and says he came away pleased with what he saw.
"The university as a whole stood out on my visit," he says.
Anderson, who says he measured in last week at six-foot-three, 248 pounds, notes that he is probably going to be bigger by the time he goes to college.
"I am still growing," he says. "I am only 16. My granddaddy is six-foot-seven. Hopefully, I will be able to get up there to six-four to six-five."
He was big enough as a junior to earn second team Class 6A All-State honors as he helped Daphne High win the state championship. For the season he made 75 tackles with 14 1/2 quarterback sacks, 11 other tackles for lost yardage and he intercepted a pass.
Anderson and his teammates were key contributors in the state championship game that Daphne won 7-6 over Hoover in a game played at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium in December.
"Winning the championship felt real good," he says. "The last time I won a championship was in 11 and 12-year-old pee wee ball.
Ryan Anderson is shown at the state championship game in December.
"Hopefully, we will go back to the state championship game this year," Anderson says. "Right now it is not about doing that, it is about trying to get ourselves better each day. If we keep doing that we will be okay."
On the recruiting front the defensive end has scholarship offers from Auburn, Tennessee, Illinois, Tennessee, UAB and South Alabama. He notes that Florida State, Alabama and Oklahoma State are showing interest, too.
He doesn't name a favorite, but says he likes Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers. "Auburn is up there--they are up there," he says. "It is a great place. I could see myself there and feel at home there."
Ryan Anderson makes a tackle for the Daphne Trojans.
Anderson notes that he is building a good relationship with the Auburn staff and points out that he enjoyed spending time talking to head coach Chizik and says that he is a down to earth, good guy. He notes that he also likes Coach Curtis Luper, who recruits the Mobile area for the Tigers.
Academics should be no problem for this 2012 prospect. He notes that he is on the A-B honor roll at Daphne and wants to study either business management or sports medicine in college.
An athlete who concentrates on one sport, commenting on what he is working on in the offseason, Anderson says, "I would say my strengths are my hips, my speed and how I try to hustle and outwork everybody. Right now I am working on getting better with my feet."