Brian Anderson received a scholarship offer he had been coveting for quite some time on Tuesday night. During a phone conversation, North Carolina assistant coach Chris Kapilovic offered Anderson.
“It’s just something that I’ve been wanting for a long time since I first visited,” Anderson said. “I first visited for the Duke football game and then right after that I began to get attracted to the school through my research.
“And then I came back up for their spring scrimmage. I stayed the night up there with a couple of their players and really just got to know the school really well.
“That’s been an offer that I’ve been wanting for a really long time. That’s a place I could possibly see myself at. It’s kind of an unreal feeling that I’m sitting in this driver’s seat to make that dream a reality.”
UNC is the 31st school to offer Anderson, a 6-foot-3, 272-pound offensive lineman from Montgomery (Ala.) Catholic. Within the last week, he has also added offers from Indiana and Syracuse.
Among those options, UNC is certainly the school to beat.
“Right now, I’m kind of in the spot where Carolina is my No. 1 school,” Anderson said. “They’re sitting in the hot seat right now, especially coming off a big season. They’re really sparking up a lot of fuel in the media. They’re definitely drawing a lot of attention to the football program itself.”
Regardless, Anderson is refraining from making an instantaneous verbal commitment. Instead, he’ll conduct due diligence and make a decision sometime this summer.
“At this point, I really want to see my options and take time to have some in-depth visits to make my final decision,” Anderson said. “When I commit somewhere, I want it to be a genuine commitment and know that it’s a place that I want to be.
“That’s the first thing Kap said when he gave me the offer; he told me, ‘Look Brian, I don’t want you to commit now, even if you want to, just because you’re in the moment. As a coach, I want to make sure that you’re making the best decision and making the right decision.' He told me to give myself some time and then once I know for a fact that the school I want to commit to is where I want to go, then make that decision.”
Anderson says he may make a few visits before he commits. Outside of UNC, those trips have yet to be determined.
“The more I’ve learned about it, [Fedora’s] Freak Show is a big deal and that’s something I’d like to get up to,” Anderson said. “And I’ve been talking to Jake Lawler and we were saying it would be cool to go to the same camp -- me, him, and maybe Ryan Jones or another commit.”
When he last visited UNC, Anderson spent the entire night hanging out with another UNC verbal commitment, Jonah Melton.
Exactly a week prior the UNC offer, Kapilovic, the Tar Heels’ offensive line coach, made an evaluation visit to Montgomery Catholic. The sole purpose of Kap’s trip was to watch Anderson practice, specifically watch him snap.
“Playing center and snapping, this spring was the first time that I’ve ever done it,” Anderson said. “But, he said that he liked how I showed potential adapting to that center position, how I got after it, [and] made sure all my assignments were done correctly. He said he really got to verify everything that he’s seen on tape.”
Prior to this spring, Anderson has only played left tackle at Montgomery Catholic.
“Our scheme is kind of ‘snap the ball and run behind me,’” Anderson said.