TE Claims UM Offer

University of Miami commitment Martellus Bennett isn't the only big time tight end prospect in the state of Texas this year. The Woodlands standout Kyle Anderson is another.

At 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, Anderson is quickly emerging as one of the state's top prospects. The talented tight end is coming off a strong junior year but he will have a much different role as a senior.

"I only caught seven balls all year," he said. "We finished second in the state. This year things are changing on offense. My coaches told me I can expect to catch close to 50 balls this year."

While Anderson may get more involved in his team's offense, his main focus remains the same heading into the summer.

"We're takin it all this year," he said. "We're going to finish the job this year. I really don't care about all the personal honors. It's all about the team to me."

Anderson, a full academic qualifier, also plays basketball and runs track. He advanced to regionals in track this past spring with a shot throw of 52 feet and a discus throw of 165 feet.

Because of Anderson's size, arm length, attitude, and overall athletic ability, many people have considered the possibility of him at tackle -- including Kyle himself.

"I've thought about that some," he said. "Some of the colleges recruiting me have talked about me playing tackle. I'll thinm about it and will do whatever the team needs me to do. But this year will be different. They're gonna see me playing a different game by catching a lot more passes."

Anderson was named the top tight end at Miami's camp last summer, when he weighed close to 260 pounds.

"I actually got up around 268," he said. "I realized that I was starting to lose some speed and athleticism. I trimmed down to 250 because I can still do the same things that I could do at 268 and plus I'm quicker now. I just did a bunch of running, started playing basketball more and running the courts."

The talented tight end prospect has a number of high-quality scholarship offers, including one from UM.

"Miami just offered me," he said. "I know they were interested. I just talked to Coach Cristobol yesterday and he also talked to my dad last night."

Anderson talked about the programs that currently make up his list of favorites.

"My top choices right now would be LSU, Miami, A&M, Arkansas, and Nebraska," he said. "I went to LSU's camp and spent some time there. Everything was great. You should check out their academic center, it's the nicest I've seen. They're now expanding their stadium to be the fourth largest in the nation. A&M is close to home and I'm very familiar with them. Arkansas and Nebraska are state schools that aren't competing with an NFL team or anything like that. It's all about college football at those places. I haven't been to those two yet though."

Anderson claims offers from all five of his favorites. He's getting offers as both a tight end and offensive tackle.

"UCLA offered me as an offensive tackle," he said. "Texas told me if I make a commitment to play tackle they would offer me. Miami has talked about me playing both."

Anderson, whose father grew up in Cocoa Beach, said there's a lot to like about the UM program as well.

"The coaching staff is really tremendous at Miami," he said. "Coach Cristobol, I really like him. I had a chance to work with Coach Chudzinski last year at camp and he was great. Now he's with (Kellen Winslow) at Cleveland. It's amazing how Coach Coker can replace one great coach with another. Miami always signs the best tight ends."

After competing at the LSU camp last week while sick, Anderson said he's probably finished with summer camps.

"I had a chance to catch balls from Ryan (Perrilloux) at LSU," he said. "That was a lot of fun. These coaches know what I can do so I really dont know if I'll be going to any more camps."

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