VA defender talks WFU

Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith defensive end/outside linebacker Kanyia Anderson camped in Winston-Salem in July and is still being heavily recruited by the Wake Forest staff. However, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect, who has not yet been offered by Demon Deacon staff, may be looking to make a commitment prior to the start of his senior season.

"I thought the Wake Forest camp went real well," Anderson said. "I was working with Coach Jackson, the outside linebackers coach. He knew what I can do outside rushing the quarterback, so I had me play inside to check the running backs. I'm still talking to Coach Knoor and Coach Himebauch, who recruits my area. They told me they're going to be watching me in the first game when we play Byrnes on ESPN on August the 25th."

In Oscar Smith's run to a Virginia AAA Division 6 state title in 2011, Anderson accounted for 115 tackles and set a school record with 22 sacks. He took All-District honors and was named Second Team All-State. His team geared up with a pre-season game with Princess Anne of Virginia Beach.

"We had a good scrimmage," he said. "They didn't score against the first team and the second team held them pretty good too. This year I have a better understanding of playing defensive end. Last season was my first on defense, so having played my junior season, then spring, and summertime, I'm comfortable in my role. Of course, with all of the strength and conditioning we've done in the off-season, I'm feeling bigger, faster, and stronger."

Anderson played wide receiver his sophomore season at Norfolk's Lake Taylor. When me transferred to Oscar Smith, the Tigers staff put in at defensive end, but he'll often drop back to outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense. He currently holds offers from Cal, Cornell, Furman, James Madison, Richmond, and Old Dominion. One of those schools can now claim front-runner position for Anderson's services.

"I really like ODU," Anderson said. "I've been there twice and really enjoyed it. The coaches love me, they like me at my position (defensive end), and it's not too far from home for my family to be able to come to games. I like Cal. They're kind of a dream school for me, so I'm definitely keeping them in mind. I'll probably commit before the season so I can focus on helping my team repeat as state champs."

Oscar Smith has had two of their players make commitments in the off-season. In April, Zack Jones made his pledge to UVA. Just a couple of weeks ago, Melvin Vaughn committed to ODU. Schools like Wake Forest may need to make a big push before Anderson is off the market too. Many will have their eye on No. 16 in the Tigers nationally television game with perennial South Carolina powerhouse, James Byrnes.

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