BUFORD, Ga. --- Over 20 schools have offered Brian Anderson a scholarship. But, it’s a program outside that list that has significantly grabbed his attention.
“[North] Carolina is probably at the top of my board right now,” Anderson said. “It has definitely made a good impression on me. It’s just a place that I liked. I still have a lot more [schools] to visit and narrow down. And I don’t even have the offer [from UNC], yet. But as of now, I just feel like it’s a place where I could get in and enjoy my time there as a student and also make an impact on the team. It’s a place I could really see myself.”
Anderson, a 6-foot-3, 272-pound offensive lineman from Montgomery (Ala.) Catholic, wouldn’t go as far as to say a UNC offer would prompt a commitment. However, he also wouldn’t confirm the opposite.
“There’s nothing established as far as when I’m going to commit or lock in,” Anderson said. “But, you never know. I might say ‘Hey, I just want to end it all,’ but I can’t say for sure, right now.”
Based on Anderson’s conversations with UNC’s offensive line coach, Chris Kapilovic, Anderson will have a chance to earn his coveted offer by the end of the spring.
“He and the staff have all said they love my film,” Anderson said. “But Coach Kap hasn’t had the chance to come in and evaluate me and work me personally. So I think this spring he’s going to come down and visit [Montgomery Catholic] during our spring practice. Hopefully, I’ll come home with an offer.”
The primary hold up: Anderson’s film shows him exclusively playing a position different from the one Kapilovic projects him to play in college – center.
“Especially in their scheme, their centers come off the ball straight up zone blocking and move the ball forward,” Anderson said. “And he likes the way I do that.”
Anderson plays left tackle for Montgomery Catholic.
“Our scheme is kind of ‘snap the ball and run behind me,’” Anderson said.
While UNC hasn’t offered, 21 schools have. Cincinnati, East Carolina, Iowa State, and Wake Forest highlight that list.
The genesis for Anderson’s UNC captivation was when he attended the Tar Heels’ victory over Duke last fall.
“Once I got my first Carolina letter, I was like, ‘Okay, there could be some serious interest,’” Anderson said. “… I wanted to get up there and see what it was really about, because I’ve heard a lot about the school but wanted to see it for myself. I went up there with no assumptions.
“I really enjoyed it. I liked how much school spirit it has, like the great atmosphere. It wasn’t just during the game that it was crazy, but after the game it seemed like everything was still electric through the streets. It was just a good experience.”
Anderson is scheduled to return to UNC this Saturday. This time, he’ll spend the night on campus.
Before reaching UNC, Anderson will visit Wake Forest on Thursday and then either NC State or Duke on Friday.
Besides UNC, Anderson has visited Auburn, Tulane, and Wake Forest.