Jason Caldwell

UNC Football Class of 2017 Signee: OL Brian Anderson

Inside Carolina takes a closer look at the Tar Heel signee.

BIO: Versatile lineman who played primarily at tackle at Montgomery Catholic, but could slide to guard or center at the college level • Listed as the No. 6 center in the nation and No. 29 player in Alabama by ESPN.com • Ranked the No. 12 center in the country by 247sports.com • Considered the No. 1 offensive guard in Alabama, No. 18 in the South and No. 71 in the country by Scout.com • Selected to the Alabama-Mississippi postseason all-star game


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RECRUITMENT: Shortly after learning of Anderson during his junior season, UNC invited him to a home football game, which he accepted. The experience pushed the Heels high up his list. The feeling was mutual, but before actually offering UNC had to see Anderson snap in a football setting. That occurred the subsequent spring and predictably an offer quickly followed. But by that point, 30 other schools had offered. No matter, Anderson committed to UNC during Fedora’s Freak Show.

WHY CAROLINA: “I really just needed to make a couple final comparisons to other schools after I finally got my North Carolina offer. After taking those visits and finding out that my home is here in Chapel Hill, North Carolina I just feel like it’s the right place to be. … Coach Kap, that’s been a really good relationship, it’s been kind of a father-son thing. He’d ask me to do something and I’d do it from the very beginning as far as visit, start snapping, or gain weight. Everything he’s asked I’ve (done). That relationship has grown and made us really close.”

EVALUATION: Considering his 6-foot-3, 275-pound frame -- plus his intelligence -- center is likely Anderson’s best positional fit in college. However, he has played every position but center in high school. Regardless, he’s a cerebral blocker who does a good job of locking on his target. In pass protection, he’s excellent at mirroring defenders and maintaining proper position. He’s also adept at reaching and connecting with targets on the second level.

HS COACH QUOTES: “He is half an inch short of what the SEC wants. But Brian is 100 percent as athletic, as hard working and as intelligent as all those other kids. He’s going to make North Carolina an outstanding center because he understands what a defense is doing. He knows how to correct the blocking schemes. I really think there’s some SEC schools that really missed on him, because they never got through the fact that he’s a small 6-foot-3 and 280 pounds. He’s not the typical 6-foot-4, 6-foot-5 guy that they’re looking for. But when the bottom line comes, if you’ve got a kid that can play with a low pad level and the intelligence that Brian plays with, it doesn’t matter if you’re 6-foot-2 and 7/8 or if you’re 6-foot-5. When you can play, you can play.” — Aubrey Blackwell, Montgomery Catholic Prep (Montgomery Advertiser)

UNC OC CHRIS KAPILOVIC QUOTES: "Brian I felt really good about. I saw him practice this spring, snapping the ball. In high school he was mostly a tackle, but he showed he could do it in practice. Then he competed in the Mississippi-Alabama all-star game and played center the whole time and did a really nice job there. He also did a great job at the Freak Show."

INSIDE THE COMMITMENT: Having finished all of his desired visits, including a trip to in-state Auburn, he headed to UNC with two goals: perform well and commit. … Read the full subscriber-only report 


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