RECRUITING: Wisconsin DE has Oklahoma ties

Wisconsin defensive end Rhyan Anderson says he has no favorite and talks about his ties to Oklahoma


For many of us that have lived in Norman it has come as no surprise that Anderson has become one of the top defensive end prospects in the country. Anderson used to be a dominant player on the Norman AAU Basketball circuit and played with, and actually hung around with Alex Eschbach, the son of one of my buddies in Oklahoma radio personality Al Eschbach.

"Yes, Alex and I were pretty good friends back then and we used to play basketball on the same team in fifth grade or something like that," said Anderson. "Norman was a cool city to grow up in. It is not too big and not too small. I still have friends in Norman. Last summer I came back to Norman to see them and that was cool."

Anderson has the frame to grow into a defensive tackle, but he will go into this season as a three-year starter at defensive end, a position that Anderson feels he will play in college.

"I like defensive end, but I also like tight end quite a bit," said Anderson. "I don't get the ball thrown to me very much, but I really like tight end and would like to see what I can do at that position. But most college coaches are recruiting me to play defensive end."

Anderson finished last season with 21 sacks and he scored one touchdown off of a fumble recovery. He earned second team All-State honors as a junior for his efforts. Anderson can bench 425 pounds, squats 375 and has quit basketball to focus on weight lifting and improving his speed.

Anderson hasn't attended any summer camps over the last two years and he is considering attending the OU camp, but even that is unlikely.

"I don't know if I will go to a summer camp or not, but if I go to a summer camp I will go to the one at OU," said Anderson. "I think I just want to stay home this summer and stay focused on my senior year."

Anderson has already received over 20 offers, but he already has some favorites.

"Wisconsin, Miami, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Purdue, Iowa and Notre Dame are my favorite schools out of the all the schools that have offered me at this point. I heard from Coach Larry Coker tonight from Miami and that was great. I have always rooted for Miami and I like them, but that doesn't mean I want to go to school there. It was reported somewhere that Miami is my favorite school and that is not necessarily true. Oklahoma is one of my favorites and they rank right up there high on my list. The fact that I am so familiar with Oklahoma means a lot to me and I already know so much about their football program."

Rhyan's mom echoed those same thoughts and likes the idea of her son returning to Norman, but says she won't push him in that direction. She wants her son to make his own decision.

Oak Creek is a great football program in Wisconsin, losing only one game last season with a very young team made up mostly of sophomores. Anderson plans to take all five of his visits and he says he already has an idea who will visit, but at this that is his secret.

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