Anderson takes in Baylor and Texas

Cibolo Steele is an up and coming program in the San Antonio area. One of their two big time prospects in the 2011 class is defensive tackle Marquis Anderson. The 6-3, 265-pounder took in Baylor and Texas over the weekend. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with the talented star.

Marquis Anderson is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the state of Texas in the 2011 class. At 6-3, and 265 pounds with strong hands and quick feet with an impressive work ethic, he has the full attention of programs from around the region.

While Anderson was slowed down during the season with an MCL strain, he has rebounded and is leaving an impression on college programs. On Saturday and Sunday, Anderson made a pair of unofficial visits to Baylor and Texas. The trip to Austin on Sunday wasn't the first for the talented defender, but left quite an impression.

"I went to Texas with my mom and brother," said Anderson. "We met up with Coach Akina and he showed us around the campus and stuff. I talked to Coach Akina, Coach Tolleson and then went into Coach Brown's office. He asked me what college I like besides Texas. He asked me about a lot of things. He asked me about what I'm looking for in life, college and football."

Anderson was quick to point out that he will be back to Austin in the near future to check out the new academic building.

"I liked a lot of things about the visit. They have a new academic center being built. I want to get back and see that when they are finished," Anderson said.

The day before the Sunday visit to Texas, the talented tackle made the trip to Waco to take part in the Baylor camp. Anderson came away impressed.

"I thought the camp was real good. It was intense. I liked that. The coaches were loud and intense and everyone was fired up," Anderson said.

While it's early in the process, the San Antonio area rising junior has a good idea for what he is looking for when taking visits to schools.

"I'm looking at the coaches, what they are like and the people at the school. Also the players and who will be there and how good they are. I want to know what players will be on the team. What that the program is like and how they go about running the program because that will be different at schools," Anderson said.

As far as an early list of suitors, the Big 12 south programs are showing the most interest. Anderson, however, is open to all programs.

"The only schools recruiting me hard are Texas A&M, Baylor, Texas and Oklahoma. Texas A&M has said they will offer on September 1. I'm open. I want to look at all schools as I'm young and will not be making a decision soon," Anderson said.

Burnt Orange Beat visited Cibolo Steele in late January to check out the impressive program. Anderson impressed head coach Mike Jinks from day one in the program with his ability to understand and play with technique at a young age.

"Marquis is a 6-2, 6-3 kid and about 260 pounds. He plays with his hands. One of the things I noticed early on as a freshman when he was bigger and stronger than everybody, he still understood technique. He understands leverage and how to play with the hands and for a big kid, that's one of the last things to come. We lost him last year to an MCL for a while, but he played well and will be fun to watch the next couple of years," Jinks said.

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