Recruiting: OU's offer not too late for DE

Lawton, Okla. defensive end David Anderson talks about his commitment to Oklahoma. Anderson chose the Sooners over Louisville, Iowa State, Kansas State and Tulsa.


Every year in recruiting there are talented players that for the longest time fall through the cracks, or players that we just don't hear much about or talk much about, but the more you watch them the more you like them. That is the case of Lawton Macarthur defensive end David Anderson, who has the size, speed and game that all college coaches are looking for, but for some reason it has taken them a little while to discover it.

Throughout the recruiting process, Anderson was not recruited by OU or OSU, but Tulsa had taken a big interest. That interest continued when then Tulsa head coach Steve Kragthorpe took his talents to Louisville. Anderson had narrowed his choices down to Iowa State, Kansas State, and then Louisville got into the picture late last week.

However, the Sooners late push paid dividends on Monday earning a commitment from this very talented athlete.

"I chose Oklahoma because the whole time during my recruiting and everything and I wanted to stay in Oklahoma," said Anderson from school today. "I got an offer Tulsa and I was headed there at first toward the beginning of the season. I really didn't know everything was going to get hectic towards the end like it has. Then Oklahoma popped on the scene and I thought that was really great. Everybody started asking me if I was mad that they waited to the end and I said no. It is a great opportunity for me no matter when they decided to offer. I am going to show up."

What made this all possible is the continued effort of the Lawton Mac coaching staff to get Anderson's highlight tape in front of the Sooners, even if it appeared to be at the last minute.

"I just know one of my coaches made a highlight tape, but I am not sure how it got in front of the Oklahoma coaches," said Anderson. "All I know is that they started showing up at the school last week to talk to me. Then when Coach Kragthorpe went from Tulsa to Louisville, he wanted to take me with him. So that is how Louisville came into play. I got in touch with Iowa State because one of coaches on their staff knew my coaching staff here at Lawton MacArhtur. Kansas State has been talking to me since the season started.

"Then Oklahoma came in last week and started to talk to me. I had actually heard from them a few times before that, but it was actually through the grapevine. I heard they were interested at one point and time and I talked to them once or twice, but that was it. But that was a while back. Come to think about it, that was back in July. They didn't talk me through the season. I didn't really hear from Oklahoma until mid-last week. They said I had grabbed their interest and they wanted to come down and look at some paperwork."

I always call recruiting the 'wacky world of recruiting' and this is a perfect example. OU didn't call him all season but then they get a highlight tape, they like it and make a phone call during mid-week last week. The Sooners then go down to the high school to look at transcripts, and considering Anderson is close to a 4.0 student, his paperwork looked good and then it was time to get serous.

"After I got back from Louisville coach (Chris) Wilson came to Oklahoma City (Sunday) to talk to me," said Anderson. "That same coach (Wilson) told me that he had gone back to the office and that he and Coach (Bob) Stoops had watched my tape, and coach Stoops said go ahead and offer this kid and that we need to have this kid on our football team."

For Anderson, no matter if Oklahoma offered late, no matter if they didn't pay him any attention during the season, the fact that he finally got an offer from OU was just too good to pass up.

"I always wanted to wear those colors," said Anderson. "I always wanted to be a part of their program, because it is rich in tradition and it is in my home state."

Anderson was born and raised in Muskogee and his mother joined the Army when he was in the eighth grade. The family didn't move to Lawton until his sophomore year and Anderson didn't play football during his sophomore year. Anderson started to play at Lawton Mac his junior year and he had a very good senior year, which earned him an offer from the Sooners.

Anderson picked OU over Iowa State, Louisville Kansas State and Tulsa. He also had an offer on the table from Rice.

Anderson starts in basketball where he is a defensive specialist and an excellent rebounder. He also runs the 100HH in track where he finished fourth last year and has run a 14.5.

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