Brooks School (AL) linebacker Colin Anderson fits those qualities and more!
Vanderbilt head coach Derek Mason focused on Anderson early in the process and immediately made him the Commodores No. 1 target at linebacker. Anderson is an athletic budding star who has the size, speed, intelligence and raw talent to become an outstanding linebacker in the SEC. He is also excellent inside the classroom, so you can understand why Anderson was an important piece for the Commodores 2017 class.
When he committed a little more than two weeks ago, Anderson was seen as a “must have” for Vanderbilt and everyone involved could not be happier about his decision to become a Commodore.
“I can’t tell you how excited I am about being committed to Vanderbilt,” said Anderson. “I have had a great relationship with Coach Mason, Coach (Chris) Marve and the rest of the Vanderbilt coaching staff from the beginning and each time I interacted with them, they made me feel more and more comfortable. I knew when me and my family decided to come up to Nashville to visit that I was ready to commit. I saw so many fits for me with the program that when I was ready to commit, I knew it was the perfect choice for me.”
Rated as a 3-star prospect by Scout, Anderson not only became a key target for Vanderbilt but he was also coveted by several other highly thought of programs as well.
Along with Vanderbilt, Anderson also considered offers from Iowa, Michigan, Maryland, Arkansas, California, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and others.
Many schools pursued Anderson but in the end, it was the combination of academics, the Southeastern Conference and the direction Coach Mason is taking the Vanderbilt program that won out for the team in Black and Gold.
“From the beginning, Vanderbilt was a school I really liked and a place I thought I could see myself attending. Through the process, I really fell in love with how much emphasis Coach Mason puts on earning your degree but also having a family first, all business type approach to the football team. I really did take a serious look at a lot of schools but ultimately, Vanderbilt was it for me, he said.”
“How could you not take a serious look at a place that offers you outstanding academics, a chance to compete at the highest level of college football and a coaching staff that truly cares about the direction you take as a man on and off the field. Vanderbilt offers so much in a college experience that in the end, it wasn’t hard to turn down their offer. The coaches talk about finding Vanderbilt men and I believe I am one of those guys.”
Anderson may be a Vanderbilt guy and a committed prospect but that doesn’t mean it will stop others from continuing their pursuit.
Collecting more than 20 offers before his commitment, Anderson is such a talent that other schools could come calling and present him with a chance to play at a bigger program. Iowa was a school that was right there for Anderson before committing to Vanderbilt and so were a few others.
A strong senior season could lead to more interest but as of now, Anderson is 100 percent solid with his choice to attend Vanderbilt and is looking forward to seeing how the Commodores perform on the field this season.
“I am very happy with my decision to commit to Vanderbilt and to have my commitment out of the way so I can focus on my senior season. I am completely committed to the Vanderbilt program and I think Coach Mason and the team will surprise a lot of people this fall,” said Anderson.
“I like the progression I am making with my game and I am excited about getting back on the field with my team. This entire process can be stressful but it is exciting as well. This will be my last time playing football in high school, so I plan to soak it all in and enjoy it. I couldn’t be happier right now with being a Vanderbilt commitment and my senior season with my teammates a short time away.”