Cornerback's Stock is Rising

Vallejo (Calif.) Bethel cornerback C.J. Anderson is hoping to use his stellar performance at the Top Gun camp in Florida last week as a springboard to some scholarship offers...

Vallejo (Calif.) Bethel cornerback C.J. Anderson (5-10.5, 185) has been to camps all along the West Coast, but it was a camp in Florida last week where Anderson felt he finally proved that he's a prospect.

"I was at the Top Gun camp in Florida and they had some of the best players in the country there," said Anderson. "And I didn't get a pass caught on me all week. All of my hard work has been paying off and fortunately, it worked out for me. I think I showed what I can do against some great players."

Anderson is now hoping that colleges can look at the body of work and turn their interest into offers.

"I've been hearing from New Mexico, Arizona, Oregon State, Cal and UCLA and I also like Michigan, Virginia Tech and USC," said Anderson. "I'm hoping that this will open some more eyes and I could get an offer. Coach Hayward at Oregon State said when he gets back to campus, they'll talk about an offer. And Coach White at New Mexico said they're really interested, too."

Anderson said his top five schools are Oregon State, Virginia Tech, Cal, Oregon and Michigan, with UCLA, New Mexico and USC also in the mix.

"A lot of schools are looking at me as an athlete. I play quarterback, but some schools said they can see me in the slot playing receiver. But I have no problem continuing to lock down receivers," said Anderson.

Anderson camped at Oregon State and Cal earlier this spring, and attended UCLA's Spring Game, and those three, being Pac-10 schools, are schools he's got strong interest in.

"I'm open to playing anywhere in the country, but I want to make it easy on my mom and play somewhere that she can come and see me play and it wouldn't be too far. I like the Pac-10 a lot," said Anderson.

Anderson also camped at the Oakland UnderArmour/ Combine and the Nike Camp at Stanford.

As a junior, he led Bethel to the section title game in 2007, passing for 951 yards with 12 touchdowns and rushed for 1,484 yards with 22 touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 80 tackles with one interception and was named first team all-league and all-region.

Academically, he has a 2.9 GPA and scored a 940 on the 2-part portion of the SAT.

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