It might be a little bit too early in the process to pinpoint the top prospect in the Midwest but Rhyan Anderson, a 6-foot-6, 265-pound, defensive end from Oak Creek, Wisconsin is going to be tough to beat.
Sure, there are plenty of solid skilled athletes but for the second year in a row, a defensive end could be top prospect in Big Ten country. Michigan signee Lamarr Woodley was the best in the Midwest in 2002.
"Rhyan is an absolute freak," said Oak Creak head coach Joe Koch.
"He (Anderson) runs a legit 4.6 40-yard dash and he has a 7-foot wing span. Rhyan flies to the ball and he is the nastiest defensive player I've ever coached.
"I've had several college coaches call me and tell me that Rhyan was the best defensive player they've seen on film this year. He's a big time player that could play for any program in the country."
Koch knows about big time players, he has at least two D-1 prospects every year and the latest Oak Creek sensation was last seen in Boulder, Colorado driving defenses crazy in the Big XII conference. His name is Brian Calhoun and he was named 1st team All- Big XII (Freshman) this past season for the Buffaloes.
Does anyone have the inside track for Anderson's services?
Rhyan was born and raised in Tampa, Florida and later moved to Oklahoma, Kansas and now in Wisconsin. He has family in Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Los Angeles, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.
Anderson is the step-son of a military man, he's used to moving around quite a bit. His mother says she'll back her son in whatever decision he should make.
"What's great is that we have family all over the country. From Los Angeles to Miami, we've got family, said Mia Lytle, the mother of Rhyan Anderson.
"We're going to support Rhyan in the decision that he makes. We've been getting a lot of hand-written mail. Coach Willingham at Notre Dame writes all the time. So do the coaches from Michigan, Wisconsin, Miami and Colorado."
We asked Rhyan Anderson if he has any scholarship offers and favorites at this point in his recruitment.
"Wisconsin is the only school that has sent something in writing," Anderson said. "I've had a lot of coaches write and tell me that a I have a scholarship offer but they haven't sent anything in writing.
"The schools I like the most right now are Miami, Oklahoma, Wisconsin, Michigan, Hawaii, Colorado, Texas and Purdue."
"Yes, I really like Hawaii and I want to visit the school. I don't mind going that far away from home and my mom said she's fine with me wanting to take a look at their program." Anderson said.
What are Anderson's summer plans?
"I'm going to camp at Oklahoma and Wisconsin for sure. I might go to Michigan's summer camp as well."
Numbers of significance.
Solo tackles: 64
Tackles For Loss: 33
40-yard dash: 4.6
Pro Agility: 4.18
Vertical Leap: 35
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