It's been a great couple of weeks for the KU football program that continues to build on its regular season strides with commitment after commitment for next fall.
Kansas is using a wise strategy of signing Junior College stand outs who can contribute right away in areas where the holes are significant while pursuing high school players who can develop in the system next season and beyond. Offensive Tackle Marcus Anderson fits the mold of an immediate helper. The 6'3" 280 pound City College of San Francisco product will move to Lawrence in the next month to get ready for the Spring Semester and football practice.
"I really liked all of the facilities at KU including the weight room," said Anderson. The University put $8 million into the Anderson Family Strength and Conditioning Center which has had a major impact on recruiting. "I think that was my favorite part of the visit," said Anderson who rated his trip to Lawrence at a 10, thanks to the weight facility that coincidentally bears his last name along with the campus and the town.
"I really liked the town. It reminded me of a lot of small towns in California while I was riding around with my host. I can adapt real quick, so I don't think that will be a problem,” said Anderson.
The offensive tackle told Mark Mangino on Saturday (12/18) about his intentions to become a Jayhawk during a one on one meeting between the recruit and the coach.
"I thought Coach Mangino was cool, we had a nice little talk. I told him that I would like to commit and he was excited,” said Anderson.
Anderson followed up his verbal by signing a letter of intent to attend Kansas on Monday (12/20) which is allowed according to JUCO transfer rules. High school players must wait until national signing day in early February to make things official.
Current KU quarterback Jason Swanson attended the City College of San Francisco as well, but it doesn't sound like that was the deciding factor for Anderson.
"We talked a couple of times during the season, but my coaches told me they (KU) were interested in me,” said Anderson. That's when I really started to learn about Kansas."
Anderson indicated KU plans on using him at offensive tackle, and he feels he has a legitimate chance of earning significant playing time beginning next Fall.
"Playing time was also very important. They are lacking at the tackle position, so I feel like I can come in and make a difference,” Anderson added.
It's a nice feeling for Anderson to have his mind made up in regards to a college. He looks forward to spending some quality time around Oakland, CA over the next month before heading east. "I want to spend as much time with my family and friends as possible over the holidays while telling everybody I'm a Jayhawk now."