Gerron Anthony: His Coach's Take

GoPokes.com interviewed the high school coach for each of the Oklahoma State commitments in the days leading up to National Signing Day. In this installment of "His Coach's Take," we visit with John Tyler High School head coach Derek Rush about Gerron Anthony, a 6-4, 300-pound offensive lineman from Tyler, Texas.

What are his strengths as a football player?
Derek Rush: First of all it's his knowledge of the game. He's a big guy at 6-4, 300 (pounds) that can move, and is able to pass protect and run block. I think those are his biggest attributes.

What do you believe will be his biggest challenge in going from high school to playing in the Big 12?
Derek Rush: I think just catching up with the speed of the game and getting a lot stronger in the weight room. Those type of things are going to be his biggest challenge.

Was there one game, or maybe even one play, during his career that you'll always remember?
Derek Rush: He did an excellent job this entire season. He averaged about two or three pancakes per game. It's not just one game that I can say that he totally dominated because he was pretty consistent in doing what he needed to do this entire season.

What are three words that describe him as a football player?
Derek Rush: Big. Quick. Mobile.

Why do you think he chose Oklahoma State?
Derek Rush: Kendall Hunter is a guy that played here (at John Tyler High School). When Oklahoma State and those guys came down to recruit him, and then he went up there and liked it, so that kind of sealed the deal on that.

What type of impact to you expect him to have on the OSU football program?
Derek Rush: I think he'll have a pretty good impact. It's just a matter of him getting in there and getting adjusted to Big 12 football play. Overall, I think he'll be OK.

Over the course of his college career, whether it be four or five years, what do you expect him to accomplish?
Derek Rush: Whatever goals he has set for himself I think he's got the mindset to get those accomplished. Whatever goals he has set, I think he can reach them.

What will you remember the most about coaching him?
Derek Rush: That he's very coachable. The thing I'll probably remember most is his progression from his freshman year up until now, and watching him grow as a player.

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