Scouting report: Vanderbilt may have landed one of the biggest steals of the recruiting year in wide receiver Bryant Anderson. The Commodore staff recognized the Roswell, Ga. wide receiver's talent immediately at last summer's top prospects camp, at which Anderson had the camp's fastest shuttle time. The Commodores moved quickly afterwards to secure a commitment-- Anderson accepted the offer, and made good on his pledge last week on signing day.
A relative newcomer to the game of football, Anderson has only played the game for three years, and only two of those at the varsity level. In Centennial High's run-oriented offense, he didn't get the chance to showcase his abilities as much as many other receivers, but nonetheless picked up over 300 yards receiving and two touchdowns his senior year.
At 6-3, 195, Anderson combines a great frame with gazelle-like 4.6 speed and agility. Over the last three years, his team reeled off an impressive 22-game regular-season win streak. He was invited to participate in the Georgia North-South All-Star game in December, but declined.
TheInsiders: Could you give a little recap of your senior football season?
Centennial High School wide receiver Bryant Anderson: It was kind of crazy. We won some tough games, and went to 7-0. We lost two of our last three games, though.
TheInsiders: You were your team's top receivers, but you played several other positions as well, correct?
Bryant Anderson: I played a cornerback position on defense, and did all the kickoff and punt returns as well.
TheInsiders: You committed very early in the process to Vanderbilt. How did you go about making your decision?
Bryant Anderson: I went to camp there this summer, and I guess I did pretty well there. After the camp was over, J. D. Hall, the receivers coach called me to come up with Bobby Johnson into his office, and they offered me the scholarship up there in his office. I accepted it two weeks later.
TheInsiders: You had to think it over a little bit, then?
Bryant Anderson: Yeah, I thought about it, and I couldn't really find anything negative about it. Nashville... the Vanderbilt tradition... the SEC, everything. That's why I picked it.
TheInsiders: Did some other schools come along afterwards and try to change your mind?
Bryant Anderson: Not really. A few here and there, but they didn't get very far with me. I pulled them off. They respected my decision, and after a while they just stopped.
TheInsiders: Coach Cloy says you're a very good student. What do you like to study, and what do you hope to study once you're at Vanderbilt?
Bryant Anderson: I have a 3.9 average right now. I'd like to study Sociology at Vanderbilt. I really like Criminal Justice, and I hope to be able to continue it in college.
TheInsiders: Do you know where they're going to play you when you get to Vanderbilt?
Bryant Anderson: Wide receiver.
TheInsiders: Split wide? Possession receiver?
Bryant Anderson: Anywhere. Anywhere I can play, I'll play.