A closer look: Andersen's recruiting, record

NEW OREGON STATE COACH Gary Andersen has long been regarded as an excellent recruiter. So how might that manifest itself at Oregon State?

The state of Utah, Scout.com’s Brandon Huffman said when Gary Andersen was hired at Wisconsin two years ago, is one of those deceptively talented states, one he placed as the second-most fertile recruiting area in the West behind California.

And Andersen has been a force in Utah recruiting going back to his days at Utah State and as an assistant at Utah.

But Utah is still an ancillary recruiting ground, California is the big one.

Even at Wisconsin, Andersen still has his eye on California -- He has four Badger verbal pledges from California in the the current Wisconsin recruiting class.

That’s one more than from Wisconsin.

The current 2015 Wisconsin class breaks down this way: American Samoa 1; California 4; Florida 4; Illinois 2; Michigan 1, Missouri 1; New Jersey 2; Texas 4; Utah 1; Virginia 1; Wisconsin 3.

IN HIS two seasons at Wisconsin, Andersen went 9-4 in 2013 and 10-3 this past year.

Before he took the Wisconsin job, Andersen’s first head coaching job was at Utah State. When he arrived in Logan, the Aggies had won a grand total of nine games over the past four years.

Andersen and his staff proceeded to greatly increase the recruiting talent hauls and he forged a 26-24 mark in his four seasons at Utah State, going 4-8, 4-8 and 7-6 his first three seasons.

In his final season at USU, the Aggies won a school-record 11 games and went undefeated in the WAC.

Prior to USU, Andersen spent five seasons as defensive coordinator at Utah.

NOTABLE NOTES:
  • Andersen becomes the 28th head coach in OSU history.

  • Wisconsin this season ranked No. 7 nationally in total defense, No. 18 in total offense and No. 6 in scoring defense. It set school records for total offense (480.8 ypg), rushing yards (3,689) and yards-per-carry (6.62).

  • Andersen is 30-9 in his last three years as a head coach, highlighted by the 11-win season at Utah State in 2012 and a 10-win season at Wisconsin this fall.

  • A native of Salt Lake City and a 1986 graduate of Utah with a degree in political science, Andersen was a junior-college All-American center at Ricks College in 1984, and a letterman at Utah in 1985 and 1986.

  • Andersen is 49-38 overall in seven years as a head coach and has posted four consecutive winning seasons at two programs.

  • Andersen has an 8-2 bowl-game record as an assistant or head coach, and was 2-0 in BCS bowls as an assistant.

  • This season, Andersen guided Wisconsin to a berth in the Jan. 1 Outback Bowl against Auburn. Wisconsin is ranked 17th in the Associated Press poll and 18th in the College Football Playoff rankings.

  • Four Badgers earned first-team all-league honors this season. Four more were second-team selections and six earned honorable mention. All five starting linemen and all four starting linebackers received all-league honors.

  • Meanwhile, 28 Wisconsin student/athletes earned Big Ten Conference all-academic honors this season.

  • Earlier on Wednesday, OSU officially announced another major investment in its athletic facilities, an expansion and renovation of the Valley Football Center. The $42 million project, funded by private donations, will begin after the 2015 football season and be completed in time for the 2016 season.

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