Midlands Commit: Rodney Anderson

Scout.com has a quick breakdown on the newest recruit to join the Oklahoma football team, Katy running back Rodney Anderson from Texas. He should be a nice addition to the Sooner program. Why you ask? Check out this premium feature and find out.

Rodney Anderson
Running Back
6-1, 205
Katy (Tex.) HS 
Committed to Oklahoma 
Chosen over Texas A&M, Alabama, Texas, Baylor

Stat Line (2013): 1,910 rushing yards (9.1 average), 33 TDs, 260 receiving yards 6 TDs


Run Down: With Anderson, he hit the radar early. After the current Nebraska running back Adam Taylor went down to injury his junior season, it was a freshman named Anderson who came in and gave Katy the running presence it seeks. From then, it has been history in the making. Combine his first Nike Camp performance with this and Anderson was on his way to stardom. With double-digit offers, Anderson said at the state 7-on-7 tournament in mid July 2013 that Texas A&M and Baylor sort of "stood out" to him with Texas and TCU ramping up talks with him as well. 

By early August 2013, Anderson made an unofficial to Texas A&M and committed at that time. All through his junior year he was all in on his commitment to the Aggies, with no talk of wavering at any time. He took in some live game action in (College Station, Tex.) last season and everything seemed well. Then in late April of this year, word got out that Anderson was backing away from his commitment, and wanting to check in a few other places. During that time, other SEC programs had offered with Alabama, as well as Arkansas extending one. There was also the unofficial visit to Oklahoma at that time as well. During this period though, the family wanted to lay low. Not many interview requests, updates and even opting to not attend some of the national events, such as Nike Camp, which is one that Anderson had attended years before. 

This past weekend, Anderson made his way to Norman, OK for the second day of the two-day camp, which was a "surprise" according to Bob Przybylo, publisher at Sooners Illustrated. Word is that Anderson was awesome with his overall performance. With that, and his close connection to the coaching staff and loving all that surrounds Oklahoma, Anderson committed to the Sooners Sunday morning. 

What this means for Oklahoma: With this commitment, this loads up an already solid Sooner backfield. But with Anderson, there is a bonafide downhill attack with a back who can get it done between the tackles. On top of that, he also has the versatility to catch passes out of the backfield, and even split wide if asked to. All of this is on his resume since his freshman season at Katy. Anderson has the size and speed combination to be the feature back, giving the Sooners up to 20 touches per game if asked to. He's a back who can be counted on to keep the chains moving and keep a defense honest. On top of all of this, Anderson's commitment gives Oklahoma some recruiting momentum that the fan base was seeking. Running backs coach Cale Gundy worked this recruitment masterfully, staying close by Anderson despite his commitment elsewhere. Clearly, this paid off. 

In the words of Anderson: "It was a really good trip and I enjoyed myself. Everything went really good at Oklahoma, and I could really see myself there. It really came down to Alabama and Oklahoma and I could just tell that I would be happier at Oklahoma (after a visit to Tuscaloosa). Oklahoma was just a better fit and a better choice for me."

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