Commitment Analysis: Alex Anderson

Breaking down Texas commitment Alex Anderson's game and what he's bringing to the Longhorns.

When Texas landed O. Perry Walker talent Alex Anderson late on Monday night, the Longhorns grabbed the kind of player that

Anderson isn't necessarily an elite talent, either from a size, or from an athleticism standpoint. But he flashes the kind of ability in both areas that could make him a key contributor at some point down the line. He can move — most of Anderson's tape comes at either left or right tackle, and he projects as a guard at the next level — and he shows the ability to mirror pass-rushers in space.

But it's as a run-blocker that Anderson shows real potential. At between 6-foot-3 and 6-4 and 290-plus pounds, Anderson has the frame and the weight to maul players at the point of attack. And that's something he really enjoys doing, finishing off his blocks with vigor and often putting his opponent into the turf. He projects especially well to offensive coordinator/offensive line coach Joe Wickline's schemes, typically more zone-blocking heavy and relying on a player's ability to make angle blocks and wall players off. Anderson can get to the second level, and he has the quickness to get to those tough angle blocks. Once he gets there, he's a tough player to beat, as he'll be able to wall off defenders, if not drive them onto other parts of the football field.

For this stage in the process, to be able to find a player of Anderson's ability both 1) available and 2) available for early enrollment, is a huge coup for Wickline and Texas head coach Charlie Strong. Anderson is exactly the type of talent that Wickline has turned into All-Conference types at Oklahoma State, where Wickline didn't have access to five-star talents and so spent his time depending on somewhat under-the-radar players with guile, mobility and hostility at the point of attack.'s No. 33 offensive guard has the ability to be a major offensive line catch down the road, and is the No. 2 offensive line commitment of the class. He gives the Longhorns 13 projected scholarship linemen for 2014.

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