Pretty Obvious Childhood Favorite

When his dad and uncle played football at UCLA, and most of his family attended the school, it's not hard for the 6-2, 170-pound wide receiver from Riverside (Calif.) North, Dres Anderson, to say that UCLA was his childhood favorite...

Riverside (Calif.) J.W. North receiver Dres Anderson (6-2, 170) has longstanding ties to UCLA so it's no surprise that the Bruins have been his lifelong favorite.

"Most of my family went to UCLA and my uncle and dad played there," said Anderson. "I've been going to games since I was a kid and I went to their spring game."

Anderson is the son of former Bruin and NFL receiver Willie "Flipper" Anderson and his uncle is Paco Craig, another former Bruin.

"My dad played with Coach (Rick) Neuheisel, that was his quarterback, so me and Coach Neuheisel talk a lot," said Anderson. "And Coach Neuheisel said UCLA could be close to offering. I talk to the running backs coach, Wayne Moses, a lot."

Anderson is also familiar with a few other UCLA recruits. "I know Sheldon Price from my Junior All-American days and I went to school with Ricky Marvray in middle school," said Anderson.

While the Bruins haven't offered yet, UTEP has offered and more schools could be close this spring. Anderson said, "I have the one offer from UTEP and then Boise State and Arizona State have already been by. Boise State and UCLA could be close to offering and probably Arizona, Arizona State and Oregon State, and then Utah and Oregon could be, too."

Anderson would like to take some time to make a decision, but a UCLA offer would be tough to pass on.

"I'm going to go through the process, but I would be very interested in a UCLA offer," said Anderson. "I'm planning to camp there this summer. I want to take all five of my trips and go through it a little bit, but if I feel it's the right time for me, I'd commit."

Anderson said there are a couple of factors that he'll weigh in choosing a school. "First, they have to have good academics, a place where I can get my degree," said Anderson. "And then how they pass, if they have a good quarterback, someone I can connect with, and have a good relationship with."

He's not opposed to leaving the West Coast either. "I've got interest in ACC and SEC schools so I'm not scared to leave but most of my family wants me to stay close by," said Anderson. "My dad lives in Georgia though so I'm interested in going out there."

Still, he hears a lot about UCLA. "My dad and uncle talk to me and said they'd walk me through the process. They said ultimately it's my decision, but they know that if UCLA offers me there are people there who are always going to be there for you," said Anderson.

As a 2008 junior, Anderson had 24 receptions for 462 yards and five touchdowns.

Academically, he has a 3.3 GPA and took the SAT on Saturday.


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