Post OSU camp, NorCal ATH feeling the Beavs?

OUT OF NECESSITY, C.J. Anderson (5-9, 185) played quarterback for Bethel High last season but his college future looks to be at receiver or defensive back, or possibly even running back. The NorCal playmaker was at Oregon State this past weekend for the Beavers' summer camp, and did he depart thinking OSU could be close to offering?

C.J. Anderson (5-9, 185) took an unofficial trip to Corvallis, Oregon for the Beavs' summer camp. He says a few local players were also taking visits. Moreover, Anderson came away very impressed.

"Oregon State – I am really thinking about them," said Anderson.

Anderson, who was there Saturday and Sunday, said the Beavers are close to offering him and are recruiting him as a defensive back. However, he says, they also worked him out at slot receiver.

"As a freshman, they say, I can make an impact as slot receiver."

California is thinking the same, he said. Anderson does not yet hold an offer but says a number of them could be close.

"Cal is recruiting me as an athlete," said Anderson, who has taken unofficial trips to Cal and UCLA. "They're (Cal and UCLA) both thinking about offering me," said Anderson.

"UCLA sent me an email Monday, and I called back and talked to them. They're recruiting me as a DB."

"Cal is nice, real close to Vallejo. They are putting in my head about how many games my mom, grandma, and family can see. The Pac-10 is where I want to stay. Arizona is recruiting me as a corner. Arizona State has contacted my coach. It's possible I will head down to Arizona and ASU for their camps and take unofficial visits. We stopped by Oregon [after Oregon State]. Their WR coach knew me."

Outside the Pac-10 schools recruiting him, Anderson says he likes Michigan, Virginia Tech, and Fresno State. He is originally from Detroit. He says if the Wolverines started recruiting him, it could change the picture.

"If they came around it would be great," said Anderson. "We'll see what happens."

Virginia Tech is a national power and a school that has always appealed to Anderson, but what about his interest in Fresno State.

"It is close to home and I can get my family to games," Anderson said about the Bulldogs. "The WAC is up and coming, and can be strong. The Pac-10 is unbelievable. The Big 10 is great. But I want to play. I don't want to wait until my junior or senior year. That's the reason I'm looking at Fresno State. And my coach (Phillip Shelley) that is school. We've talked about stopping by for an unofficial."

Anderson says non-BCS schools Boise State, Utah, and Colorado State show interest as well. His top seven are Cal, Oregon State, UCLA, Michigan, Virginia Tech, Oregon, and Fresno State. With the Bears, Beavers, Wolverines, and Bulldogs as his favorites for now.

Anderson attributes a lot of his recent attention to his time working out with DB Guru Tony Perry. Coach Perry, the former DB Coach at Fresno (Calif.) Edison, calls Anderson a phenomenal athlete.

"C.J. is powerful," Perry said. "He went up to Stanford [Nike Camp] and took over. He can run, throw, and take over a game. But he wants to play corner and has the skills to be a Pac-10 corner."

"I've improved [my footwork] a lot," said Anderson. "I was offensive minded, but a cornerback is what my size says. I really like corner. I really like shutting people down."

This season the talented athlete will move to running back and receiver on offense, and stick with corner on the other side of the ball, mirroring the positions where college coaches are recruiting him.


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