BEAVERTON, Ore. — Deontay Anderson is a year ahead of the curve at this year’s Opening at NIKE World Headquarters as a junior participant, but judging from his scholarship offers, the 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety is far from out of place.
Two weeks ago, USC got into the mix in Anderson’s recruitment. With 24
scholarships and counting, the Trojans coaching staff was still able to
make an impression in breaking the news they were now a college option.
“One of my coaches called me and said I needed to reach out to USC,”
said Anderson. “I was surprised, so I called the defensive backs coach
and he offered me on the spot.
“He said that I was a great athlete and destined to be one of the
best to ever do it. That’s my goal, so it was good to hear.”
Anderson has never been to USC or Los Angeles, and his knowledge of the
school is superficial. Still, it’s enough to possibly warrant an
unofficial visit in the near future.
“The tradition a USC is great,” said Anderson. “They’ve had success
ever since they first started. Now they’re coming off of sanction,
which put them back a little bit, but I know they’re going to rebuild.
“By the time I graduate high school, USC should be back.”
Anderson wants to unofficially visit USC, but when that visit happens
is still to be determined.
“I know if it doesn’t happen this year it will happen next year,” said
Anderson. “I’ve never been out to California, and I don’t think I have
any family out there.
“If I did, I would have stayed out there already. I have a big family
though. I might have someone out there. I want to say I don’t, but then
I might (laugh).”
Anderson says he is no where near creating a list of favorite schools,
and with another two seasons of high school football ahead of him, the
perfect college is a vague outline of a school.
“I’m taking it all in and having fun, but at the same time I am looking
at this like it”s business,” said Anderson. “God blessed me with the
opportunity to sit back and watch.
“I can see this kid go here and that kid go there. I’m just sitting
back and watching knowing I have to make the best decision for me. But
to be honest, I really haven’t figured out what I really want in a
As an underclassmen, Anderson is absorbing what he sees from his peers
closing in on signing day 2015. But that is not limited to just
“Them being older doesn’t really get to me,” said Anderson. “Everyone
out here can play. I just want to earn my respect.
“Then I want to learn and listen. Take it all in and make the game
easier for me. Then at some point, younger players will look at me as a
Anderson gets Trojan offer
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