Versatile Van ATH set to emerge

Kris Anderson, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound ATH from Van, Texas, is poised for a huge year...

"I play several different positions," said Kris Anderson, the '12 ATH from Van High School. "Last year, I took snaps at quarterback, wide receiver, defensive end and safety.

"I threw six touchdown passes last season and caught four. My season was cut short due to a back injury, but I'm 100% now.

"We have three good QBs, so I'm not sure how many snaps I'll take there. If we need to get tough yards on a sneak, I'll probably get the call.

"I have good speed and hands at inside receiver, and I'll likely be the number one target when we throw the deep ball.

"On defense, I'm able to rush the QB and get to him. I ran a 4.6 at a Nike Combine last year."

Anderson is open to any position and any college program, as long as he gets on the field.

"I want to play quarterback, but at the same time I love receiver," he said. "I went to the Elite 11 (QB competition) at TCU and the FBU (Football University Camp). I'm doing whatever I can to get my name out there.

"To be honest, I'm interested in any college program that will give me a look."

Anderson should get ample looks this season. His teammate, LB Dalton Santos, is a four-star prospect who is ranked No. 5 in the nation at MLB. While Santos is committed to Oklahoma State, his pledge is considered a soft verbal, due in large part to a recent offer from Alabama. Thus, there will be no shortage of college scouts at Van games this season.

In the weight room, Anderson reports a 410-pound squat and 235 pounds on the bench.

The Vandals went 7-5 last year, advancing to the second round of the playoffs before running into the always-formidable Gilmer Buckeyes.

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