Talented DL Favors UM

While growing up in South Carolina, Oak Creek, Wisc. standout defensive end Rhyan Anderson had football on his mind constantly.

"Even when I was real young all I thought about was growing up and playing football," Anderson said. "It's something I really wanted to do. Then in third grade I started playing tackle football and starting having a lot of fun with it. It's something I hope to keep on doing for a long time."

Anderson, who moved to Wisconsin during his 9th grade year, has dominated the varsity competition on the gridiron in recent years. As a junior last season he finished the year with over 40 tackles for loss and 21 quarterback sacks. "I also played a little tight end on offense but they never wanted to throw me the ball. I was used mainly as an extra blocker."

Now checking in at 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Anderson is attracting college coaches from around the country. Because of his size, quickness, and athletic ability, he's going to be among the premier recruits in the entire Midwest Region this year.

Anderson, who scored a 19 on the first try on the ACT, carries a 2.6 core GPA inside the classroom. The talented defensive lineman, who also played basketball up until his 10th grade year, just recently turned 17 years old.

So as the summer quickly approaches, what has Anderson been doing with his time? "I've been lifting and working out a lot," he said. "I'm trying to add more muscle to my body. I start my running in the summer."

Anderson has been keeping busy during the spring evaluation period over the past few weeks. College coaches from all around the country have been stopping by to see the talented lineman.

"Lots of coaches be stoppin by here," he said. "Purdue, Iowa, a bunch of them. Some of them have started calling me on the phone too."

The standout defender said he's anxious for one school in particular to stop by and call on the phone -- the University of Miami.

"Miami's my No. 1 university," he said. "I like everything about them. They [are] the favorite for me right now. They're one of the best teams every year and I've been watching them since I was little."

According to Anderson, one UM coach was scheduled to stop by at his school recently but was forced to reschedule.

"I went to my daddy's crib over spring break and I was supposed to come back early on a Monday," he said. "A coach from Miami was supposed to come by but I was late getting in and they had to reschedule. I can't wait till I can talk to them on the phone."

Anderson said he knows of three written scholarship offers at this point. "I got them from Oklahoma, Iowa, and Wisconsin so far," he said. "They're all good schools and I like all of them but Miami's the one. That's the big one I'm waiting for. I really hope they come through with an offer."

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