Texas A&M has landed one of the best all-purpose backs in the 2015 class: 4-star Rodney Anderson out of Katy, Texas.
He chose the Aggies over a plethora of other big offers, and it was an unexpected decision for the rising junior from Katy High School, according to Sam Khan Jr. of ESPN.com (subscription required):
The four-star prospect also had offers from Auburn, Baylor, Houston, LSU, Michigan State, Texas and Texas Tech. He said he didn't anticipate committing before he stepped on campus on Tuesday but at the end of the trip, felt right about it.
"I didn't come thinking that I was going to commit," Anderson said. "I felt like it was the best decision for me, so I did."
Though the 2014 recruiting cycle and the 2013 season are currently in the spotlight, this is still a big pickup for Kevin Sumlin and his staff.
Not only is every state of Texas commitment huge for the Aggies, but Anderson is a recruit with tremendous potential.
He's just over six feet tall, 204 pounds and runs a 4.43 40-yard dash, per 247Sports. Anything over 200 is great size for a high school running back, so combine that size with his 40 time, and you get a good glimpse of what Anderson could bring to the table for Texas A&M.
Anderson is a strong runner with great balance, long strides and low pad level. He's explosive at the line of scrimmage and isn't afraid to lower his shoulder pads, churn his feet and run over defenders. That said, he has the pure speed to stretch it outside, plant his foot, make one cut and get upfield into open space.
He's a patient runner with good vision and instincts.
Anderson is also comfortable in space and can be used as a receiver. He can split out into the slot and run crisp routes, and he can be effective leaking out of the backfield as a check-down. He has good hands and will be a reliable option through the air.