A big fan of James Davis and C.J. Spiller, Woodward Academy's Henry Anderson said he has always enjoyed watching Clemson on television and loves the fact it is a big football program that contends for an ACC Championship and plays in a bowl game every year.
"I have watched Clemson on TV and it seems like they are always flying
around to the football and they are big athletic guys that are everywhere
on the field and getting after it on every play," he said. "That's what I
do pretty well is hustle and I don't ever give up on any plays. I think I
can fit in there."
Clemson's coaching staff obviously does as well. That's why Charlie
Harbison and Billy Napier offered the College Park, Ga., native a
"It is pretty awesome getting an offer from Clemson," Anderson said.
"Clemson was pretty high on that list. I had not really been getting that
much mail or anything from them and then I think they watched my film and
they really liked it."
The Tigers like Anderson as a tight end, though they told him he could
still possibly play at defensive end, which is where he stars at Woodward
At 6-foot-7, 240 pounds Anderson recorded 70 tackles and 10 tackles for a
loss, including seven sacks as a junior last fall. He has played tight end,
but his offense changed its scheme last year and no longer uses one.
But with guys like Michael Palmer and Durrell Barry graduating after this
season, Clemson has a need at tight end and they like the overall
athleticism and speed Anderson could bring them.
"Coach Napier said they were losing a few tight ends this year and they
were going to need to fill that spot and they like my athleticism," said
Anderson, who runs a 4.9 in the 40-yard dash. "He said I had the potential
to be an all-conference, all-American tight end for them. I don't know if
he was just saying that, but that's what he told me."
Anderson said he doesn't care what he plays in college. Though he likes
playing defensive end, he said when he did play tight end he enjoyed it.
"It was fun when I played it," he said. "I'm not the biggest blocker. I
think I have pretty good athleticism to be a tight end and I think that I
have pretty soft hands for a guy my size, and I think I move pretty well.
"I think I can be a threat to catch the ball, but during running plays I
think I can be a pretty effective blocker. I think one of my strengths as
a football player is keeping good leverage and low pad level so when I'm
blocking a defensive end or a linebacker that will be a big help."
Clemson is Anderson's 11th offer as he has been asked to come and play for
Maryland, Wake Forest, Virginia, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Stanford,
East Carolina, Central Florida, UAB and Oregon.
Anderson has already visited some of those schools and he hopes to get to
Clemson sometime in the next month. He hopes to narrow his list of schools
down soon, but right now he says he does not have a top five or anything
He says he cannot wait to see Clemson because he has heard so many good
things about it.
"I have heard that the campus is really nice there and a few of my friends
that are graduating this year are going to go there," Anderson said. "I
have heard a lot of good things about Clemson and I have not heard too
many bad things about it… I definitely want to see that campus."
NOTE: Anderson was strongly considered for the defensive MVP award at last weekend's Scout.com combine in Atlanta. For more on his performance there, please click here.
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