OU commit in focus: Rodney Anderson

The Sooners finally landed their first QB, RB or WR for the class, and it's a big one with Rodney Anderson.

Around this time last year it just felt like Oklahoma was going to get another top running back from the state of Texas.

The Sooners have had so much success in the Lone Star State, especially the last couple of years with Keith Ford and Samaje Perine. And based on OU's offer sheet, there was a strong chance Texas was going to be the destination once again.

At first it looked like it would be Plano (Texas) West four-star prospect Soso Jamabo. It still could be, but the Jamabo recruitment clearly isn't over.

Then Rockwall (Texas) High four-star prospect Chris Warren became a realistic option, especially after attending last year's spring game and camping at OU.

There was one name that resonated before those guys, though, it was just a question of the pieces fitting together. OU first targeted Katy (Texas) High four-star running back Rodney Anderson following his sophomore season, but Texas A&M made a bigger impact on him.

Anderson committed to the Aggies, but OU running backs coach Cale Gundy never threw in the towel. OU kept contact with Anderson, and once it became clear there was some mutual interest, the Sooners went to work.

An unofficial visit to OU in April was followed by a decommitment from A&M. It was obvious the Sooners were now in the driver's seat.

Things culminated last weekend with Anderson and his family returning to OU for all three days of the camp and even participating in the second day. Before they returned to Katy, Anderson committed to the Sooners.

Anderson is the first running back for the class and his style of play is suited perfectly to what OU loves to do. At the camp, Anderson impressed with his footwork and speed but set himself apart from every other running back there with his physicality.

OU could still pursue another back for the class, but if it ends up with just Anderson, not one Sooner fan would be complaining.

Texas continues to bring success for the Sooners at running back.


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