Signee Spotlight: Joe Anderson

Over the coming weeks, the Ole Miss Spirit will roll out a comprehensive breakdown of each 2015 Rebel signee. Today, we take a look at three-star DE Joe Anderson.

Joe Anderson
Defensive End

Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: 59
Size: 6-4, 232
Hometown: (Riverside Academy)
Reserve, LA
Projected position at OM: Defensive End

Accolades: HIGH SCHOOL: Listed as a 4-star recruit by and 3-star by and … Tabbed the nation’s No. 33 defensive end by and No. 59 by … rated him the 25th-best weak side DE in the country and the No. 21 prospect from Louisiana … Earned All-Metro honors by the Times-Picayune as a senior, recording 25 tackles, six sacks, an interception (returned for a touchdown) and a forced fumble … Starting playing football his junior year … Named 8-2A defensive MVP and first team 2A all-state by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association and All-Metro by the Times-Picayune as a junior when he tallied 37 tackles, 8.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries … Coached in high school by Bill Stubbs … Also played basketball.

Recruiting Competition: A host of colleges were interested in the services of Anderson. Throughout the recruiting process, area schools like Tulane, LSU, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State were major players. As the process continued, more schools were also interested, and many on the national scene, like Kansas State, Florida, Tennessee, Nebraska, and South Carolina. In the end it appears to have come down to Ole Miss over Mississippi State as Anderson will move his football career on into the college ranks. “Ole Miss and Mississippi State are staying in touch with me the most," Anderson said in the weeks and months leading up to National Signing Day. "I talk to both schools a lot. Those are the two schools I am looking at the hardest right now." When it all wound down at the end, it was Ole Miss that Anderson chose.

Quotable: “I like their coaches up there. I like how their campus is set up. It kind of feels like home if I were to go to school there. I like how their defense plays. The Landshark defense is awesome. They fly around and use their speed to attack. It's an unbelievable feeling. It feels pretty good and I can finally get this recruiting process off of my shoulders.”

Scouting Report: A fierce third-down pass rusher, Anderson really gets after an opposing quarterback. Few opposing offenses were able to block him during his high school seasons. He is a pass rushing specialist, certainly one of his biggest assets, along with his strength and athleticism. He finished his senior season with 38 tackles, including 10 for a loss, had seven sacks, and one interception return for a touchdown. He was chosen to the Class 2A All-State team in Louisiana and to the Louisiana ALL-USA team by USA TODAY.

Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: “Joe is a likely sign-and-place, but we think so much of him we wanted the leg up in his recruitment once he gets out of junior college. He is an explosive, special talent and we can’t wait to get him on our campus and work with him. He can be a big-time player in the SEC.”

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