Anderson nearing a decision

Northview High School (GA) versatile athlete Jair Anderson made a big splash on the recruiting scene this past spring. His performance at camps led to offers from schools around the South. We spoke to Jair’s dad Willie Anderson about his recruitment.

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Jair’s recruitment started out at a snail’s pace but is now reached the point where he has over 20 schools looking at him. Jair didn’t camp prior to his junior year and that may have led to the slow start. “The schools going after the four and five star players haven’t recruited Jair as much.”

Having had one of the best SPARQ scores and his showing at other camps led to schools taking notice of Jair. Some schools like Clemson are recruiting Anderson as a defensive back and other like Georgia see him as a receiver. “I’m sure the school he chooses will put him where he wants but also let him know which would be the best position to get on the field quicker.”

With over 20 schools recruiting Jair, Georgia Tech is the school that the Anderson family feels did things the right way. Jair ran a 4.38 at the Tech camp. “Coach (Paul) Johnson let him know that he had an offer right there. He said that was all he needed to see.”

That news also impressed Willie’s wife. “My wife loves the academics at Tech and I love how the coaching staff has made the team better each year. They recruit kids to fit their style of play and character.”

Georgia Tech and Cincinnati are the two schools that Willie feels are really showing Jair that they want him. “I keep telling Jair that the schools that shoot for the four and five star kids will wait first to see if they get them. I want him to go to a school that wants him no matter his star rating.”

The Anderson family recently visited Tech. “The coaches really made us feel at home while we were there.” The visit has Willie and his wife wanting Jair to choose Tech.

If other schools decided to offer Jair later would that change his recruitment? “I doubt it would. If they really wanted him, they should have been more upfront with him rather than looking at higher rated players.”

Jair and his teammates have already started their preseason practices. A decision may soon be coming for Jair. “My wife and I will sit down with Jair and talk it out this week.” Willie wants Jair to be a man of his word when he commits.


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