WSU trip all business for Laney's Anderson

This weekend, Laney RB C.J. Anderson (5-9, 205) visited one of his top suitors, Washington State, and enjoyed his time in Pullman even though the Cougars lost to their cross-state rival. JCFootball.com caught up with the talented back as he returned to the Bay Area and got the scoop on his trip as well as where things stand with future official visits...

"It was a good visit, I had a really nice time," Anderson told JCFootball.com as he waited at the airport for his flight back to the Bay Area. "My host was Tracy Clark, he played at Pittsburgh (Ca.) High School, and he talked about what it was like being a player and student there.

"At the game, the fans really showed me a lot of love and the atmosphere was great and even though they lost, I felt like they played real well and just missed a couple of opportunities to win." Anderson said his visit with the coaches Sunday morning let him get a sense for where the program was headed.

"They basically said they wanted to run the ball more, but they were looking for a feature back so they can run the ball more consistently," Anderson said. "I think their quarterback, Jeff Tuel, he's one of the top returning quarterbacks in the conference, especially with (Jake) Locker leaving and some of the other guys possibly going pro.

"The coaches told me they have a plan and they are implementing it, but they need more players to come in and boost up the talent level."

As far as where things stand with the Cougars, Anderson said his visit was an information-gathering trip and he didn't think about committing.

"I really liked my visit, but this was a business trip for me," Anderson noted. "I'm not going to commit to a school until I get all the information from the schools that really want me.

"This definitely helped their cause, becuase it showed me where things are headed and what I can expect when I'm there, but I still want to visit Utah, they are a school I'm really interested in and leaning toward, but if they don't want to trip me or offer me then, I will move on.

"I'm supposed to talk to them this week and hopefully we will be setting stuff up soon for an official visit."

Anderson said he has spoken to the Ute coaches about visiting next weekend and could be visiting Cal in the coming days as well.

"I've got a lot of schools interested in me and looking to possibly offer and bring me in," Anderson said. "Memphis and Temple have offered and Nevada, Arizona State, Purdue and Nebraska have all been talking to me too."

As a freshman last season, Anderson was solid posting 693 yards and three touchdowns seeing spot duty, but he's been the workhorse of the Eagles' backfield this season carrying the ball 146 times for 1,185 yards and 12 touchdowns in seven games.

This season, Anderson was even better posting over 1,500 yards and 13 touchdowns for a team that went 5-5.

Since he was a full-qualifier, Anderson plans to sign with a school during the mid-year signing period (December 15th - January 15th) and he will have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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