Recruiting: Earl Anderson jumps ship

San Marcos DT <B>Earl Anderson</B>, who committed to Texas in late May, withdrew that verbal pledge earlier this week and committed to play his college ball at TCU, according to a report in today's <I>Fort Worth Star-Telegram</I>.

Anderson is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the state, coming in at No. 32 on Heartland Recruiting's Texas Top 100, but his stock dropped throughout the fall, largely due to off-the-field issues. Anderson and a San Marcos High teammate were arrested in early September and charged with theft under $500 (a class B misdemeanor) and engaging in organized criminal activity (a class A misdemeanor) after conspiring with two cashiers at a San Marcos Eckerd's to leave the store with property they hadn't paid for. The arrests resulted in a two-game suspension for both players. Anderson also is a qualification risk.

The San Marcos star pulled no punches when talking about his latest decision.

"I was just thinking about the schools and comparing the two, and TCU won by a mile, in my opinion," Anderson told the Star-Telegram. "They have good leadership over there. At Texas, they're a good program, but I think TCU has better control. And they have nicer people down there."

TCU won by a mile? TCU has better control? They have nicer people down there? Interesting comments, particularly given his thoughts back in May when he committed to UT. At the time, Anderson told IT that the proximity of the Forty Acres to his San Marcos home would allow his parents to see him play, but more importantly, the career opportunities at UT, both academically and athletically, gave Texas the edge over Florida State, A&M, Baylor, Colorado, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. Now, not to knock TCU, a good school with an adequate athletics program, but I don't see any evidence that, over the last five months, the Fort Worth school has made significant strides in either academics or in athletics that would make it the Austin school's equal, much less its superior.

Additionally, Anderson told the Star-Telegram that when he called the Texas coaches to tell them of his decision, "They were not happy at all."

Perhaps. And if all of that is Anderson's perception, then that's also Anderson's (albeit unique) version of reality.

My perception? Circumstances dictated that Anderson's commitment, once welcomed by both parties, had become untenable, to each for differing reasons.

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