Already “100 percent” committed to the Auburn Tigers, talented kicker Anders Carlson took his official visit to the Plains over the weekend. Playing Friday night for The Classical Academy and connecting on 3-4 field goals with a long of 48 yards in a 48-0 victory, Carlson said he had a great trip and got to spend plenty of time with brother Daniel Carlson.
“It was just mainly coming to watch the game for sure,” Carlson said of his trip. “My brother is in his junior season now and I was on my official, but kind of felt like I was coming there to support him. Obviously I enjoyed everything else, the dinners and hanging out with him. He was the player I hung out with. It was a lot of fun and good bonding time with Daniel for sure.”
Not planning on taking any additional visits, Carlson said for him going ahead and getting his official trip done was important so he can focus on his senior season and getting to Auburn next may.
“It made it feel real,” Carlson said. “You kind of commit and it’s still high school, but when you’re down there on your official visit and you’re there in eight months. It’s getting close and it feels real now.”
Challenging his brother for school records at TCA, Carlson attempted to shatter his own record of 52 yards on Friday night with a 61-yard attempt. He said the kick had the distance, but missed wide left.
That’s good news for Auburn considering he’s in line to take over for his brother in 2018. Saying that he’s excited about the strength program and the development he’s seen from Daniel in his four years, Carlson said for him it’s all about blazing his own trail.
“Obviously it’s almost following, but I like to make my own path,” Carlson said. “It’s good to hopefully have him a year and he can mentor me, but once he’s gone it’s mine and I’m going to take it 100 percent.”
Once he gets to campus the talented young kicker will have the chance to work closely with Auburn special teams coordinator Scott Fountain. Someone he’s already close with, Carlson said having the veteran coach on the Plains is a big deal for him.
“That’s very important,” Carlson said. “I came down for my sophomore season and that’s when we started our relationship with Coach Fountain. Over the past year and a half he’s kind of been there the whole time. That’s why I feel like Auburn is family, I can feel it there.”