Prior to officially visiting Stanford this weekend, there were rumblings that Georgia defensive end Henry Anderson was wavering on his commitment to the Cardinal, in part because of the departure of his recruiting and position coach D.J. Durkin.
The Bootleg reached the three-star recruit earlier today after he returned home from his official visit to Palo Alto to learn more about where he was at with his commitment.
"A reporter called me when I just found out that my position coach and recruiter had left and I was disappointed," Anderson said of a report that he was reconsidering his Stanford verbal a few weeks back. "He took some stuff out so the article kind of seemed like I was going out and looking at other schools when I was really saying if schools came and tried to talk to me I would listen to them, but it's not like I'm going out scheduling visits and looking at other schools."
If Anderson did harbor any doubts about his college choice, spending a weekend on The Farm seemed to reaffirm the recruit's commitment to the Cardinal.
"I'm solid to Stanford," Anderson said. "I'm done with visits."
Anderson was hosted by defensive end Chase Thomas, a fellow Georgia native, and made the trip with his mom and dad.
The three-star defensive end also had the opportunity to meet with some of his future coaches.
"I met [new Special Teams Coach Brian] Polian and Coach Randy Hart, who I had talked with a couple times on the phone," Anderson said. "I talked to Coach Hart a lot on the visit. It was good getting to know him. He seems like a really good coach and I'm excited to play for him and get to know him a little better."
Aside from getting to know the coaches, Anderson seemed to particularly enjoy sitting in on a faculty brunch as well as listening to Condoleezza Rice speak.
"Everything they were doing for us was great," Anderson said. "The faculty brunch was really cool, having all those senior faculty members up there to talk was great. I was really impressed by how much the faculty supports the football program. Some of those guys are just geniuses running their own companies in Silicon Valley. They come back to Stanford and share their knowledge with the students, so I was impressed by that.
"One of the things that also stood out to me was when Condoleezza Rice spoke. That was really cool. She took time out of her Saturday to come talk to the football recruits and families. I thought that was really cool she'd do that for us."
With the Stanford visit behind him, Anderson will shift his focus to the February 3 signing day when he plans to have a small ceremony at his school with his high school teammate and Duke commitment Juwan Thompson.
"I think Juwan and I will have a little signing party at school," Anderson said. "I'll fax it in and then start getting to work for June. I think the 21st is when we go up [to Stanford for summer school]."
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