2017 Katy defensive end Ryder Anderson took an unofficial visit to SMU this weekend for Junior Day and it didn't take long for the SMU coaching staff to extend an offer to him, his first. Chad Morris brought Anderson and another prospect into the middle of stretches and offered Anderson and Isaiah Richardson.
"They pulled me out and I sat in on defensive meetings with the coaches and players and then when we went out to practice, while they were stretching, he (Morris) pulled me and another cornerback into the middle and offered us right there," Anderson said. "It feels great because all of the hard work that I've put into it. I switched from cornerback from defensive end two years ago and so all the hard work is paying off."
As for the visit, Anderson enjoyed himself and liked the energy SMU's defense plays with.
"I liked it a lot. I enjoyed myself and I could see they have a lot of things going on there. Aside from being offered, I liked seeing the scrimmage parts of it because of the live team sessions. I got to see the defense and how they play. Everyone was flying around to the ball with a lot of energy. I liked that session."
The 6-6, 230-pound defensive end liked SMU's campus as well, which will see more improvements if he were to pick SMU.
"I liked the campus. It was beautiful. That was my first time being there. Everything was really nice and the structure was nice. After that, I saw their plans for their remodeling and building that they're putting in, which was really nice."
The visit was Anderson's first time talking with the coaching staff outside of defensive graduate assistant Chris Scott on Twitter, who set up the visit for him.
"They're all really friendly. They made me feel really welcome and they were excited about giving me the opportunity to play there," Anderson said. "He (Scott) DM'ed me on Twitter and we just talked about my future college visits and to come up there. They liked my film, how long I am, and my body type. They just liked how I play."
As a long, athletic defensive end, Anderson brings length and ability to get after the quarterback on defense.
"I feel like I'm a really prolific pass rusher and I bring a lot of playmaking ability to whichever defensive line I'm on."
Anderson was a part of one of the best defense's in Texas his junior year, as Katy won a state championship, which Anderson said couldn't be a better environment for him.
"That was just the best place I could have been. I couldn't imagine being on a better team. We had some of the best players in the state and we had definitely the best coaches in the state."
Texas State, Houston and Oklahoma State have also shown interest in Anderson so far. He's planning a visit on March 26 to Texas State.