Why I'm Signing with BYU: Zayne Anderson

Zayne Anderson was a one-time Utah State commit prior to switching his commitment to BYU; a decision that was difficult given his yearlong commitment to the Aggies. The Stansbury High School star gives his thoughts on why he’ll be signing with BYU on National Letter of Intent day.

It’s been mentioned that when BYU’s defensive coaches are looking for a future replacement for former Cougar safety Craig Bills. The coaches set their sights on Zayne Anderson. At nearly 6-2, 200-pounds, and running a 4.5 flat forty, Anderson is a ball-hawking safety who feels BYU is simply the place for him.

“BYU is the place for me and a place that fits me best. I decided it’s where I really need to be in order to reach my potential,” Anderson said. “It’s a place where I feel I can succeed at not only for four years but help me succeed throughout life. I feel BYU will really help set up for a great future in many areas of life.”

It’s a common thread that is often found running through the mindset of many of these recruits. The all-around lure of what BYU has to offer not only in football is the pull that brings them in.

“Yeah, the standards, the atmosphere, the schooling and all that really makes it a better fit for me as a student athlete,” Anderson said. “I just feel like for me as a person that’s where I need to be because I fit in better there with what BYU has to offer me.”

When Zayne Anderson finally enrolls at BYU the one thing he is most fondly looking forward to is suiting up in BYU blue and getting out onto the football field.

“What I’m looking forward the most about my BYU experience is just getting out on the field,” Anderson said. “I’m really looking forward to wearing the uniform and playing BYU football. I’m also looking forward to being out there with all the guys and the coaches. I really look forward to being coached by the guys that recruited me, so I’m just really excited about that and that’s something I’m really looking forward to.”

The coach that recruited Anderson hard was Nick Howell. The two have built a strong relationship over the past year or so making it another reason why he’s excited to sign with BYU.

“Coach Howell is such a great guy and really knows his stuff,” Anderson said. “He studies a lot of film and really knows a lot about the game. He’s recruited me throughout the recruiting process and I’ve gotten to know him really well. He’s the defensive coordinator and also coaches the defensive backs, so I’m looking forward to learning from him.”


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