Coach Spotlight: Rory Anderson

Rory Anderson made his mark at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Ga. The 6-4, 200, tight end (sometime wide receiver) helped the Indians to back-to-back 10 wins season as a junior and senior. Head Coach Kyle Hockman talked in-depth of the South Carolina commitment.

"Rory played in and started a handful of games in his sophomore year," said McEachern head football coach Kyle Hockman. "As a junior he began dominating and being able to take over games. In our first game of his junior year against Brookwood at the Georgia Dome, he made a 70 yard catch and run for a touchdown from the first play from scrimmage."

The Indians went on to win that game 42-32. The play kind of announced Anderson as a big playmaker for McEachern and helped gain momentum for his success that season and the next. After his breakout junior year, Anderson had five offers by Christmas starting with N.C. State. South Carolina offered in January, and he was up to 20 offers by the spring.

"He continued to develop as a senior," said Hockman. "We used him about 70-percent if the time with his hand down at tight end and about 30-percent of the time spread out at wide receiver.

"As a receiver he became a better route runner and DBs who used to get away with bump and run coverage on him, couldn't shut him down. On the line of scrimmage his blocking improved. Rory provided a lot of leadership too for our team, both as a junior and senior."

Anderson had 37 catches for 556 yards and six touchdowns in 2010. He was named 2nd team All-State at tight end by the Georgia Sportswriters Association. The Indians fell in the 2nd round of the GA AAAAA state playoffs to Valdosta, 31-28. The game which featured the two top tight ends in the state in Anderson and Valdosta's Jay Rome. Anderson made two touchdown receptions in his final game.

During his recruitment South Carolina was always present in his "cuts." After giving serious consideration to Tennessee, South Florida, Virginia, and West Virginia, Anderson decided just a couple of weeks prior to signing day to commit to the Gamecocks. On the same day, teammate Marcquis Roberts, also decided for South Carolina.

"They (South Carolina) stayed with him longer than anyone else through the whole recruiting process," Hockman stated. "Trust and loyalty are important to Rory, and he's loyal to those people in return. G.A. Mangus deserves a lot of credit for building a relationship with Rory over the long term."

Spurrier and the Gamecock staff now have the luxury of getting a tight end who can play receiver and vice-versa.

"The South Carolina staff likes Rory as a hybrid at both positions," said Hockman. "I think he needs to get a little bigger and stronger to play at the line in the SEC. He could add weight and get up to 220, 230, and not lose anything with his frame. Once he does that and becomes more polished in his route running, I expect to see big things from Rory at the next level."

Coach Hockman said the McEachern teachers, administration, and students all have "tremendous respect" for Anderson. As a player, Anderson was voted team captain as a senior. As a student, he has a 3.3 GPA.

Currently, Anderson is playing on the Indian basketball team. The school's graduation date is May 24th, with Anderson then off to Columbia.

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