Official Visit Seals Deal for Anderson

Boston College's newest commitment for the Class of 2007 spoke with's Pat McManus yesterday evening about his decision, which came at the end of his official journey to Chestnut Hill.

"Well I took the visit, got there on Friday," Anderson said over the phone, "and, you know, they basically rolled out the red carpet and wined me and dined me and it's just a perfect situation for me and me and my family decided to give the commitment to Boston College.

"On Saturday, we toured academics, everything was great, especially the academics. And I started thinking about it on Saturday and then toward Sunday I kind of knew that's where I wanted to be. Me and my parents talked about it on Sunday morning before we talked to coach [Tom] O'Brien and then when we met with coach O'Brien, I gave him the commitment."

Anderson, out of Winter Springs, is considered one of the best tight-end prospects from the state of Florida. Despite some interest from schools like Nebraska and West Virginia, Anderson had narrowed his search down to Michigan State and BC going into last weekend.

"I visited Michigan State last weekend and I liked the facilities and the campus and the town and everything," Anderson said. "But it was too much of a risk with the coaching staff…And Nebraska and West Virginia are calling me and stuff, but I'm kind of tired of being led on and nothing really happening, so I didn't feel like waiting for those two schools."

Academics were a major factor for Anderson, who wants to study business at BC. But he seemed slightly more excited to study the Eagles' playbook, which features a lot of passes to tight-ends, as he saw last Saturday against Duke. Three BC tight-ends (Ryan Purvis, Ryan Thompson, and Jon Loyte) combined for seven catches, 87 yards, and a touchdown against the Blue Devils.

"I went to the hotel Friday night before the game and sat in on all the meetings and watched them go through their walk-throughs and stuff like that," Anderson said. "I met all the tight-ends, they were cool. They came up and talked to me, actually, and told me how great [BC] was for tight-ends and that was evident during the game."

Jason Swepson, BC's running backs coach and one of the team's most active recruiters, visited Anderson's school three weeks ago and handed his coach, Steve Katz, a scholarship offer. Getting a video out recently, Anderson said, helped him get some in-season recognition and the late offer from BC.

"I got my senior tape out," Anderson said, "and I'm 100% better in everything from last year to this year. So I sent a bunch of tapes out and I guess [BC] got my tape and really liked it and decided to offer."

Blocking is one of Anderson's strongest assets, but he was disappointed that he couldn't showcase his catching ability as much as he wanted this year. He hauled in 20 catches, six of them touchdowns, but said there were several factors ("things just didn't bounce my way") that prevented him from putting up better numbers. Still, his senior season was good enough to earn him an invite to the Central Florida All-Star Game and, hopefully, more will follow.

"I'm waiting to hear from the North-South one," Anderson said, "which I don't think they've announced yet, and then the CaliFlorida Bowl, hopefully I'll make that one."

Anderson is the Eagles' thirteenth commit of the year and their first at the tight-end position. He joins cornerback Michael Peterson (Jesuit Tampa) as the Eagles' only two commits from the Sunshine State this year.

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