Anderson Another Georgia Target For Ducks

College Park (GA) Woodward Academy defensive end, Henry Anderson, is one of a handful of athletes from the state of Georgia whom Oregon has official interest in. Anderson has the ability to play any number of positions at the next level, including offensive tackle and tight end, though he states that Oregon is targeting him specifically on the defensive side of the ball.

Do you currently hold an offer from the University of Oregon?

"Yeah, I do. I got it a few months ago. I got it in the mail."

Do you remember which coach from Oregon offered you?

"It was [former Oregon head coach Mike] Bellotti, but I talked to Coach [Jerry] Azzinaro and Coach [John] Neal. They came down to school and they came and talked to me. They seemed really interested and wanted me to come out there for a visit sometime."

How long ago did they visit you?

"They both came the two weeks of spring practice which was probably about four weeks ago."

Was that the last you were in contact with them or have you been in touch with them more since then?

"Coach [Chip] Kelly sends me e-mails and stuff -- just like the generic one that he probably sends out to a bunch of the recruits -- but that's the only time I've talked to them since then."

What would you say your overall interest in Oregon is?

"It's pretty high. It's not out of the running because when the two coaches came by -- Coach Neal and Coach Azzinaro -- Coach Neal told me about their great Sports Marketing program and he said it was the best in the country. It would be awesome if I were around sports after I'm done with college and have a job still having to do with sports, so I'm pretty interested in that. They're obviously contenders in the Pac-10 every year and play in bowl game, so they've been pretty successful as a football program over the years and I really want to play for a good football team, so that's definitely a plus for them."

Would you say that distance is a factor for you at all?

"No, because Stanford offered me and I went out and visited Stanford a while ago and I felt comfortable on that campus, so distance isn't really a factor for me. It doesn't matter whether I'm on the West Coast or East Coast."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I play with a lot of heart and effort on every play. That's a big part of my game. A lot coaches tell me that that really jumped out at them when they were watching my film, so that's a big part. For a 6'6'' guy, I think I keep good leverage and I don't let the blockers -- the tackles and tight ends -- get into my shoulder pads and get lower than me and steer me away from the ball. I do a good job of staying low and extending my arms and then looking where the ball is and then running to the ball. I think I do that pretty well. Those two things are pretty big in my game. I've got to work on just kind of getting off those blocks -- ripping off of them -- and knocking the hands off. Our D-line coach and I have been working on that a lot during spring and some of these camps that we've got to like the Nike camp at Athens [Georgia], those were some of the big things the coaches there were preaching with hand placement and getting those hands off of you."

Would you compare yourself to anyone at the collegiate or professional level?

"I don't really know defensive ends who I could compare myself to, but a lot people [compare me to] Clint Boling. He played defensive end, he was the same as me in high school, he played tight end and was kind of a big, lean guy and he's now at Georgia and he's their starting offensive tackle...a lot of people compare me to him. Some of my coaches tell me I can be that type of player who is an athletic, kind of lean guy in high school who plays on the defensive side and then in college, I can add a bunch of weight and possibly move to the offensive side of the ball, playing tackle."

What are you looking for in a program?

"Good academics is a big thing. I want to go to a school I can get a good degree from. Also, the quality of the football team, how well they've done and what direction they're going in. I'm really satisfied with my offers, I think I have some really good teams on there and they're all going in the right direction I think. Another thing is probably playing time, I'm interested in playing early. I want to get on that field and contribute. I don't really mind a redshirt year where I can just get bigger in the weight room and get stronger. If I'm not ready to compete yet, I definitely wouldn't mind taking that redshirt year and getting bigger to compete for that starting spot my redshirt freshman year. I really just don't want to waste a year of eligibility and not really play at all, so playing time will be another big one."

What offers do you hold from other schools?

"A lot of schools that have offered me, have offered me at different positions. Arkansas at defensive end, Vanderbilt and South Carolina at offensive tackle, Clemson as a tight end, and then all these schools have offered me at defensive end: Florida State, Duke, Oregon, Stanford, Virginia, Oklahoma State, Maryland, there are a lot more, but I would have to think about it."

Do you have a preference as to what position you'll play in college?

"I like defensive end a little bit more right now, because that's really the only position that I play. I've been hearing that I could be an equally good offensive tackle with getting my weight around 280 or 290 -- adding about 45 lbs -- but I think I like defensive end a lot. I think it's really fun playing there. I just like how you don't really know what's going on before the snap of the ball and you got to kind of react after the ball is snapped. Offensive tackle is just kind of a process -- snap the ball then go block the guy. Whatever the postion the coach puts me, I'll give it my best shot. As long as I'm getting on the field, I really don't care what position I play."

Do you have any favorites at this point?

"No, I haven't really thought about that yet. I'm going to narrow it down to five probably after I hit up a bunch of camps that I'm going to. I'll probably narrow it down to five sometime in the middle of the summer, like July."

What camps have you attended or are planning on attending?

"I went to the Athens Nike camp a few weeks ago...I went to the Scout combine a couple months ago. I did pretty well at both of those, but the camps this summer that I'm going to [are] the Georgia Tech camp June 6 and 7 I think, and then I'll be going to the Georgia camp, June 13. I'll probably go to a few more in the Southeast, but I haven't decided what other ones I'm going to go to yet...maybe FSU, the coaches really want me to come down to that one."

Have you been on any unofficial visits, or are you planning on taking any unofficial visits?

"I just got back from Clemson...I went to Maryland, I went to Virginia, I went Georgia Tech, I went to Georgia for their spring game, I went to Vanderbilt, and I've been to Stanford and Wake Forest."

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