Versatile DE/TE visits Clemson

This Clemson recruit will not say he favors the Tigers or not, but after leaving Clemson following an unofficial visit Thursday, it's safe to say he left really impressed.

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 university."

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 stick out.

"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' chances.

"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 cool guy.

"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 season.

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." Top Stories