JR to Watch: DL Rhyan Anderson

One of the fastest rising players in the Mid-West area for the class of 2004 is defensive end Rhyan Anderson out Oak Creek High School in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, Wisconsin. WeAreSC.com spoke with Rhyan recently and he had the following update for us, including his thoughts on what schools might be getting an official visit…

Rhyan Anderson is a high motor 6'5", 260-pound defensive dynamo whose speed is only matched by his determination on the field. He recorded 21 sacks last season while also returning a fumble recovery for a touchdown. Imagine a combination of Terrell Suggs and Jevon Kearse, and you have a Rhyan Anderson coming off the edge (although he is too humble to suggest such a combo to compare his talents.) Anderson runs a 4.6 forty. He also benched 375 pounds as a sophomore, and currently squats 425. He was named All-State last season at defensive end. He also had played tight end and enjoys it, but Oak Creek does not throw the ball much to their TE's.

As one could guess, Rhyan has several schools interested in his talents. He currently lists six offers: Nebraska, Oklahoma, Miami, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Iowa. However, there are many more schools in contact that may offer shortly. He does not currently have a short list of favorites, but has narrowed down the schools who are likely to get 4 of his 5 official visits: Oklahoma, Miami, Notre Dame, and USC. He would like to take all 5 of his allowed visits before making a decision, but his decision may come sooner rather than later.

Rhyan has been out to California 3-4 times, the latest being 4 years ago. He has had family in the area and really likes Los Angeles. Coach Kiffin and Coach Orgeron have been in contact with from USC. He is still learning about Trojan lore and USC in general, however the more he finds out about USC's tradition and program…the more he likes USC. SC is recruiting Rhyan at defensive line (he has the frame to grow into an interior defensive line spot.) Rhyan is undecided about his major for college. He will be qualified shortly, as he needs to retake the ACT. For now he will continue his daily weight training and running in preparation for a One-Day Badger skills camp, and the upcoming season. It's looking like he will be a national level recruit this fall. Rhyan (it's Rhyan with an "h") is one to watch for the Class of 2004.


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