Jack Anderson actively hunted for an offer from California, calling former offensive line coach Zach Yenser repeatedly during the last recruiting cycle. As soon as the calendar turned, though, and as soon as the Bears brought on Brandon Jones to replace Yenser – who moved to Kansas to become Rob Likens’s offensive line coach – the worm, as they say, turned.
On Wednesday, the 2017 offensive lineman – one of the best big uglies in the class -- got the offer he’s been waiting for.
“It’s just the quality of education, that’s something that I’m looking for, for sure,” Anderson said. “And, it’s the level of play. It’s very high, between the conference and everything else. Coach Yenser recruited me a little bit, and I’d call him once a week, but he wouldn’t pick up the phone that often. We had a few good talks, but now that coach Jones is there, he’s recruiting me now. I don’t think coach Yenser wanted to offer me, at my age, but with the new O-line coach, we got connected, and he wanted to do it now.”
Anderson’s reaction was less relief, though, and more earnest determination to get this dance started.
“I was really excited, and I told coach Jones that I can’t wait to start the recruiting process and get to know everybody well,” Anderson said. “I know coach Jones is a real intense coach. I think he has a younger vibe and everything, so that’s important, for sure. I haven’t looked into his time at East Carolina yet, so I’ve got a lot of stuff to look into, for sure.”
Anderson – who starts at center for Frisco (Tex.) is acquainted with another Frisco native already on the Cal roster – defensive end Noah Westerfield.
“My freshman year, when I was on varsity, I played him,” Anderson said. “We follow each other on Twitter, and we’ll talk every once in a while, for sure. He gave me a shout-out on Twitter, he said: ‘That’s a big thing, bro. You need to take a visit and help get Frisco on the map.’”
At 6-foot-4, 275 pounds, yet to start his junior season, there’s a lot of room to grow for the athletically-built mauler, and he may wind up as a tackle, but, for now, he’s a four-star man in the middle, with 16 scholarship offers already.
Anderson plays in a run-first system at Frisco, with the Raccoons running the ball “probably 90 percent of the time,” a system very dissimilar from the Bear Raid.
“He said that I played like a grown man, and that I have a real mean streak,” Anderson said of his conversations with Jones. “That’s what he really likes.”
Anderson’s maternal grandmother lives in San Diego, and he said that he hopes to come out and visit Berkeley with her over the summer.
“I think she’d want to go do it with me,” Anderson said, “and I’d want to do it with her. She knows California real well, and I want her to come see it with me.”
Anderson’s mother went to SMU, his father went to Texas Tech and his paternal grandfather, David Anderson, played tight end at Texas A&M, so staying home is certainly something that could entice Anderson, but there is an attraction to the Pac-12, too.
“It’s a pretty big decision to leave home, and it’s something I’m not sure about yet; I don’t know what I want to do,” Anderson said. “The style of play is great, for sure, and I have no questions about that. I have a lot of Pac-12 offers – Oregon State, Arizona State – so I’ve got to go look around.”