Henry Anderson Profile
Woodard Academy's Henry Anderson of College Park, Ga., stopped by Clemson
Thursday and spoke with all the Clemson coaches with the exception of head
coach Dabo Swinney, who was out of town due to personal reasons. But that
setback didn't hurt the Tigers' chances with the current three-star
prospect, which is holding 18 total offers, including one from Clemson.
"It was still a very good visit," Anderson said. "We talked with all the
coaches and we got to see everything. Coach (Billy) Napier basically
walked us and drove us around Clemson all day. I learned a lot about the
Anderson also learned about the new addition to the WestZone. The 6-foot-7, 240 pound senior had no idea Clemson was adding new coaches
offices and a 14,000 square foot weight room that will house all the
football team's strength training needs.
"I had no idea they were putting in an all new weight room and coaches'
office and that stuff," he said. "I had no idea they were doing that.
"We saw the weight room and stuff (at Jervey) and it looked really nice so
I thought it was crazy that they were putting in an even nicer weight room
and new coaches' offices and everything."
But seeing the WestZone, the campus and Vickery Hall impressed Anderson
more than he already was. The two-way athlete who is being offered as a
defensive end, tight end and offensive tackle says
Clemson ranks high on his unofficial list after Thursday.
"I can't put a certain number on it or anything, but they are definitely
pretty high up there now after that visit," he said. "When I got that
offer (on April 15) I was pretty excited about it, along with South
Carolina and Florida State. Those three probably stuck out and they still
"The visit today really boosted (Clemson) up after seeing all the things
that are going on there and meeting some of the players. They have had
some great recruiting classes the last few years and are definitely headed
in the right direction and I think Coach Swinney brings a lot of energy
into the program."
Anderson also said his relationship with Napier also appears to be helping the Tigers'
"Me and Coach Napier have built a pretty good relationship and I think
that is pretty important to have a good relationship because he will be
the offensive coordinator," he said. "I think it is definitely important
to have that. Me and Coach Pearman talked a lot today and he was a really
"It was really nice talking to those two coaches who I could probably see
playing for the next few years."
Clemson is offering Anderson as a tight end and is still the only school
to do as such. Stanford like him as both a tight end and as a defensive
end and said he can try out both, while Vanderbilt and South Carolina like
him as an offensive tackle.
Vanderbilt and South Carolina have said he will more than likely redshirt
if that's the case because they would like to see him get his weight up to
270 pounds. Clemson feels he can come in and play right away at tight end
with the departures of seniors Michael Palmer and Durrell Barry after the
However, playing time isn't an issue with Anderson, who has defensive end
offers from Florida State, Virginia and Wake Forest.
"The defensive coaches that were watching the film said offer him as a
defensive end, but Coach Napier and Coach Pearman saw me have a fade
thrown to me so they said they wanted to offer me as a tight end,"
Anderson said. "Coach Harbison was kind of joking around today and was
trying to convince me to play defense and then the others were trying to
convince me to play offense, but I think tight end is where they really
want me at.
"They are short on tight ends and that is kind of the position that they
need right now."
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