Foley DE and LB Showing Versatility

Foley, Ala.--Foley defender Justin Anderson is a prospect who hasn't garnered much publicity, but he holds multiple scholarship offers and is hearing from several top schools in the Southeast.

Justin Anderson Profile

He played defensive end last season where he racked up more than 80 tackles and 16 sacks, and had a strong showing at the Auburn two-day camp in mid-June at both end and linebacker.

"Coach (James) Willis and Coach (Terry) Price told me that I did great and that they were impressed," Anderson tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It was good to hear."

Anderson will have two more opportunities to impress with the Florida State camp scheduled on Saturday and Alabama on Sunday.

Anderson has played exclusively defensive end at Foley High School, but showed his versatility in the spring and has received five scholarship offers.

"I have offers from UAB, Louisiana-Lafayette, Northern Illinois, Arkansas State and South Alabama," he notes. "A couple of them are recruiting me as a linebacker. I just now started playing linebacker in the spring. I had pretty good stats in the spring game that we played.

"We played Tuscaloosa County and Fairhope," Anderson adds of the jamboree. "I had an interception and a defensive touchdown. I played middle linebacker in our nickel package."

He adds that he's quickly getting accustomed to playing both spots. "A couple of weeks ago I would have said I liked defensive end maybe because I was more familiar with it, but now that I'm playing linebacker everyday I'm getting more experience at the position I really like it."

Anderson checks in at 6-3, 238, and in addition to the summer camps he's also had team workouts to tend to. "We've got summer workouts at the high school, Monday through Thursday in the morning."

He up a fan of the SEC in general and attended junior days at Auburn and Mississippi State. He says the Tigers are "probably right there at the top" and will likely wait a while before making a college decision. Anderson took this spring off from playing baseball, but did compete in track. "In the meets I only did shot put and discus," he notes, "but in practice I ran 100s and 200s to get faster for football."

Of his offers, Anderson says, "I haven't had a chance to go to those schools, but they send me letters and I look at their websites on the Internet."

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