2017 Katy (Tex.) defensive end Ryder Anderson is continuing to work this spring as he gets more attention. Anderson has picked up Harvard, Yale, UCF and Jacksonville State offers as of late plus is hearing from Illinois, Iowa State and Boise State. SMU assistant coach Buddy Wyatt continues to stay in touch with the 6-7, 230-pound defensive end.
"It's been going pretty well. I talk to coach Wyatt pretty often and get some letters. He just checks in on me and see how spring ball is going," Anderson said. "I like him and he's a great guy. I've seen him coach before and he's a great coach."
Anderson's only trip this spring was to SMU and he took in the spring game, which impressed him since it wasn't just a scrimmage, but instead aggressive, game-like atmosphere.
"It was good because I got to see them go live against each other. The offense and defense both made some plays. They were flying around and there was a lot of energy. I liked the aggressiveness and upfront and front seven was really aggressive at getting after the quarterback."
Wyatt, defensive coordinator Van Malone and head coach Chad Morris all talked with Anderson after the game and just checked in on him and what he thought about the team.
"He was just asking me how I was doing and what I thought about the team and the game. I just told him it was great. It was all just confirming what I saw from the first visit and that they're on their way to improving. I think they're going to have a really good season."
UCF, Harvard and Yale are all standing out along with SMU and Anderson plans to make trips to those schools soon to check them out even further. Anderson doesn't have a timetable for a decision and wants to take his visits this summer before potentially deciding before the season.
Anderson says the defending state champions are coming along well and everyone is doing a good job of working to their goal of repeating, but there's still a lot to do.
"I have been working on being in the right spot, my run fits and I'm always looking to get to the quarterback," Anderson said. "That was one of our biggest focuses was not to be complacent that this is the 2016 Katy Tiger defense, not the 2015 Katy Tiger defense. We had a great defense last year, but it's a new defense and we have new people."