Twin offensive tackles Austin Anderson and Riley Anderson already had offers from schools all over the country before picking up Auburn last week. Getting an opportunity to check out the campus and facilities as well as sit down with the coaches on Monday, both said Auburn is definitely a school on their radar after seeing things in person.
“We had a great time,” Riley said. “They really had great facilities. We really liked the coaches, they did a great job of showing us everything. We liked it a lot.”
His brother agreed after getting his first look at Auburn. Spending time with Coach J.B. Grimes he said that they feel like he would be a great guy to play for if they chose to be Tigers.
“I loved the atmosphere here,” Austin added. “The campus is beautiful, the facilities are great and Coach Grimes is a great coach, great man. He'll coach you hard but he'll love you up at the same time. It seems like a great program that you could come be a part of.”
While it was the first visit for both to Auburn, there is a family connection to the program because father Leon Anderson played offensive line on a Southern Miss team that came to Jordan-Hare Stadium and beat the Tigers in both 1990 and 1991. Recruited by the Golden Eagles out of Grapevine, Tex., Anderson played with Brett Farve his first two seasons and was also on a team that beat Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
His dad’s memories of Auburn were another reason why they decided to take a visit as well after getting offers from the Tigers.
“The fans are really classy and nice,” Austin said of what his dad told them about Auburn. “Even when Southern Miss beat them, they were still waving them off and being nice. Just classy people and great campus and great town.”
Before taking the trip to Auburn on Monday the twins visited Ole Miss on Sunday along with their father. Getting to see Oxford for the first time Austin said the Rebels impressed the duo as well.
“It's a great school and great campus,” Austin said. “The coaches are unbelievable. Pretty much at this level, everything is top notch, you just have to figure out where you fit the best.”
With both currently sitting at 26 offers including Cal, Kansas State, Miami, Michigan, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech, the three-star offensive line prospects said that right now they don’t have a favorite school. That is why the visits are so important because Riley said it’s something that can help them begin to narrow their list when the time comes and also helps them to figure out if being far from home is a big deal.
“It’s pretty important to come see what it’s all about, but really the distance doesn’t make a huge difference to us,” Riley said. “We just want to go where we fit and where we like the best.
“It’s not a huge deal to play in Texas to me,” he added. “There are some schools we like in Texas, but we also like Auburn and some out of state schools. We’re just keeping all of our options open and see what happens.”
Planning to have a decision made by the end of the summer, both said Auburn made a serious jump after seeing the campus and program in person. Now all that remains is to figure out the best choice and make their picks, something that could make one team very happy.
“We want to play together,” Austin said. “Then again, we're going to do what's best for us individually. If it happens to be the same place, which it probably will because we're so similar, then that's a plus.
“It would be incredible,” he added. “Just great memories and lots of fun. We do everything together, pretty much, so it would be awesome.”
Both are currently 6-4, 280 pounds and being recruited to play tackle by the Tigers, but are versatile enough to move inside if needed.