Anderson Reflects On Michigan State Trip

Ohio State has landed more than its share of top players from Cleveland Glenville in recent years, but Michigan State is trying to add its name to the mix. This weekend, the Spartans hosted two senior Tarblooder defensive backs on official visits. In this update, Latwan Anderson discusses his trip, his future and his relationship with Ohio State.

Michigan State continued its efforts to land players from Cleveland Glenville this week as it hosted two senior Tarblooders on official visits.

Four-star defensive backs Latwan Anderson and Christian Bryant both were on hand to see a rare night game at Spartan Stadium as the home team dropped a last-second decision to Iowa. Anderson said he enjoyed his trip to East Lansing.

"It was all right," he told "It was pretty good. The game was good, except they lost. The coaches were good people and I liked that. The people at the hotel were cool and the assistant coaches were good people. We hung out with them a lot.

"I learned a little bit more about the coaches. Every other time I was up there it was for camp or I was just there for the game. I actually got to hang out with them and visit with them. They have a little bit looser side. They're not just always football."

The biggest positive to come out of the experience was the family atmosphere that head coach Mark Dantonio is building, he said. Perhaps not surprisingly given Dantonio's past experience at Ohio State, Anderson said the environment within the MSU program reminded him of the one he has experienced at OSU as well.

"I pointed that out to my family," he said. "They seemed pretty family-like, just like Ohio State."

The Spartans have been aggressive in their recruitment of Glenville. Anderson said four or five of his teammates hold offers from MSU, adding that the coaching staff is close with Glenville head coach Ted Ginn Sr.

One of them is Bryant, who is ranked the No. 6 cornerback in the country.

"I heard him say a few times that he had fun," Anderson said. "He was laughing and cheering with the rest of the people at the end. I think he had a pretty good time."

Although he has no preference, Anderson said the Spartans view him as a cornerback in college. Scout ranks him as the No. 14 safety in the nation.

"A couple schools say safety, a couple schools say offense and a couple say both," he said. "It doesn't really matter. A few recruiting programs have changed my position to athlete."

Asked what position OSU projects him to play, Anderson said, "I'm not sure, but the last time I talked to (head) coach (Jim) Tressel he asked me if I knew what the Chris Gamble position was."

Before going on to the NFL, Gamble turned heads in Columbus as a two-way player at wide receiver and cornerback who also returned punts. Anderson has been timed at 4.38 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Anderson's status with the Buckeyes has been the subject of speculation for much of the past year. Although he was highly ranked after his junior season, OSU did not offer Anderson until his senior season was underway at Glenville.

His offer from the Buckeyes remains valid, Anderson said, but there is an understanding on each side.

"I can say we're on good terms right now," he said. "I understand what they want from me and what they need me to do and I understand their side of things. They want for me to keep my grades right, keep performing on the field and keep growing."

OSU is one of four schools in the running for his final three official visits. Prior to his visit to MSU, the 5-10, 185-pound athlete had taken an official visit to West Virginia one week prior.

In addition to the Buckeyes, Anderson said he is considering Cincinnati, North Carolina and perhaps Tennessee for his final visits. Once he finishes up his visits, Anderson said he will cut his list to two or three schools before making a final decision.

"I just keep saying that when it comes down to it I'll still be at the school that I feel is best for me," he said. "I can't really say which one it is right now."

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