Anderson Receives BYU Scholarship Offer

BYU Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall extended a BYU scholarship offer to Stansbury High School athlete Zayne Anderson. While BYU was the first to recruit Anderson, Utah State was the first to offer him and he committed to USU. With this new offer from BYU, Anderson will re-evaluate his options.

At nearly 6-3, 190-pounds and possessing 4.51 second forty speed, Zayne Anderson has both the size and speed to play multiple positions for the Stansbury High School (UT) football program.

"Well, I'm around 6-2 and a half, almost 6-3, and weigh around 190," Anderson said. "I lost some weight because I'm still running track right now. I play both on the offense and defensive side of the ball. Defensively, I play safety and could play outside linebacker."

Because of his range and speed, Anderson feels he's able to cover the faster receivers down field. He believes his speed is one of his greatest assets.

"Because I'm nearly 6-3, and can run and cover athletes that run a sub 11.0, 100-meter time, I feel I can do more than just be a big defensive back. I feel I have both the size and the speed to cover downfield because I've physically matured a lot."

On the offensive side of the ball, Anderson believes his speed is what makes him a valuable player that can play multiple positions. After an injury-laden season in 2013, he's expecting a stnadout season in 2014.

"On the offensive side of the ball I play running back or wide receiver so I play as an athlete on offense pretty much" Said Anderson. "I'm really excited about this year because I've gotten so much faster than last year. I think 2014 is going to be a really exciting year for me. I just love having the ball in my hands. That's why I love playing running back. I like getting out on the edges and using my speed, but I can also lower my shoulder when it comes down to it."

Last season Anderson suffered two injuries in the regular season, which hampered his overall performance. Despite that Anderson collected 61 tackles and an interception on the season and was selected as a second team all-state selection.

"Last year I kind of had a bad year," Anderson said. "I tore my hip-flexor my third game into the season and then broke my arm, so it was a little bit of a rough year for me. My stats weren't as good as I was hoping to have last year because I played injured through most of them. I couldn't even move my leg for a few weeks. Then I broke my arm the last game right before the playoffs. I still earned Second Team All-State from the Deseret News though."

Anderson was also selected as a Second Team All-State selection by the Salt Lake Tribune, a Deseret News Honorable Mention All-State player and All-Region for his 53 tackles and four interceptions defensively as a sophomore in 2012.

Not only does Anderson excel in football but he also turns in sub 11 second 100 meter times for the Stallions' track and field program.

"Last year I was on the 4x100 team for Stansbury's track team and we took state last year," said Anderson. "This year I've gotten a lot faster and I'm in the top 10 in the state among 3A, 4A, and 5A runners. I ran a 10.69 100-meter time this year and that's my fastest time so far."

"I've been averaging 11.0 and sub 11's in the 100-meters. My 10.69 time was with wind so they didn't count it. If they did I would be ranked number one in the state. I was timed last year in the forty at a high 4.5. I feel like I've matured since last year and have gotten a lot faster this year so now I'm at a low 4.5 now. That's why I can run sub 11's in the 100."

Anderson was invited to be a part of Team Utah that went down with Dave Peck [Bingham HS] and Trevor Matich [East HS] to the prestigious Pylon 7-on-7 event. Team Utah finished 5th among all the 39 or so teams representing various states. Despite his personal performance during the tournament Anderson feels he's a little under the radar.

"Yeah, I honestly kind of do feel like I'm kind of under the radar a little," Anderson said. "I play for the Utah seven-on-seven team for Pylon football down in Las Vegas. That was about two months ago and we played against eight teams down there. I went up against every one of those kids out there and competed well against every one of them. So, yeah, I feel like I'm a little under the radar right now."

He received his first offer from Utah State last summer and committed to the Aggie program.

"Yeah, I received an offer from Utah State and went to a camp there last summer," said Anderson. "I committed to them last summer, and then today I just received an offer from BYU. That's my second offer."

BYU was the first to evaluate and recruit Anderson while he was a sophomore. Recruiting picked up again for him with Kelly Poppinga and Nick Howell showing renewed interest in his services. Today, Anderson received a BYU scholarship offer.

"Yeah, they were there for my sophomore year taking a look at me and showing some interest. BYU was the first one to recruit me but kind of fell off and I think I lost them after my injuries because of my stats," Anderson said. "I hadn't start talking to them until around February when I started talking to Coach Poppinga. Coach Poppinga and Coach Howell began recruiting me again starting in February. They visited my school a couple of times, so, yeah, they kind of came up and started recruiting me again and now I have an offer."

Today BYU threw a wrench in the works after offering Anderson his second division one scholarship to potentially play for BYU.

"I set up a meeting with them and I went down to Coach Mendenhall's office with my parents," Anderson said. "He offered me there in his office with my parents there. It was a good feeling for sure. Utah State and BYU are both really great schools."

Now that Anderson has a scholarship offer from BYU, will he remain firmly committed to Utah State or will he take another look at his options?

"Honestly, I think I'm going to re-evaluate it a little more," Anderson said. "I want to make sure Utah State is the right choice for me. I committed to Utah State when I was a sophomore, and I'm still committed right now, but I just want to re-evaluate now that I have a BYU offer. As of right now I'm still committed [to USU]."

"I'm also now getting some Ivy League schools now looking at me as well, so there might be more options coming my way soon as far as other colleges showing interest."

Despite being currently committed to Utah State, Anderson is interested in BYU for various reasons.

"Yes, BYU is a school that interest me because the coaches, the facilities, and the way they run things," said Anderson. "Some things I'm kind of looking for at the next level is a program that focuses on character and education. I'm just looking for a place where I can feel comfortable and feel at home and with the coaches. I would like to go to a college where I can complete early as well, so I'm looking for a school where I can get a great education and graduate from an elite program. Looking beyond football, I'm looking for a school with religious support to strengthen my beliefs. I'm looking for somewhere where I can compete for a national championship. That's one thing I like about BYU is that they want to compete for a national championship. They have high goals and I like that."

Anderson is LDS and is planning on serving a mission after high school.

"Yes, I am LDS," he said. "I'm contemplating on serving a mission right now, so, yeah, I want to serve a mission." will keep track of Anderson and report on any new developments revolving around his recruitment.

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