Texas A&M's 2015 recruiting efforts took a hit Wednesday night when Houston area running back Rodney Anderson decommitted from the class. Aggies head coach Kevin Sumlin originally landed the 4-star prospect last August, but that verbal pact failed to survive his junior year:
Anderson, a 6'0.5", 204-pound standout at Katy High School, has been one of the most productive offensive players in Texas during the past three seasons. He serves as a catalyst on a squad that has reached two consecutive state title games, including a championship effort in 2012.
Rated No. 15 nationally among all-purpose backs in 247Sports' composite rankings, Anderson emerged as a force in 2011. He rushed for 1,167 yards and 14 touchdowns as a freshman.
Through three high school seasons, he has more than 4,000 yards and 64 scores on the ground. Anderson enjoyed his best campaign last fall, rushing for 1,967 yards and accounting for 40 total offensive touchdowns.
He is a proven receiving threat out of the backfield, exhibiting outstanding hands and shiftiness in the open field. Anderson caught 36 passes for 685 yards and 12 scores during the past two seasons combined.
His skills also translate well on special teams, as he's returned four punts for touchdowns since 2012. He is rated No. 14 overall among junior Texas prospects in 247Sports' composite rankings.
An elite blend of power and speed make Anderson a balanced running back and coveted recruit.
Texas A&M extended a scholarship during his sophomore year. Offers from Michigan State, Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor and Auburn soon followed. Alabama, Oklahoma, LSU and Oklahoma State have also entered the picture, per 247Sports reporter Taylor Hamm.
His departure leaves Texas A&M with eight committed players in its 2015 class and continues a tumble for the team in national recruiting rankings. The Aggies, who sat atop class rankings throughout much of this offseason, have suddenly plummeted to No. 6 in 247Sports' composite team ratings.
Texas A&M hasn't added a prospect since February and now must find a replacement at running back, though committed 4-star recruit Jay Bradford is expected to land in the offensive backfield.
If the Aggies still aim to bring in two capable rushing threats, expect the team's interest to heat up for in-state prospect Soso Jamabo and Louisiana playmaker Kirk Merritt. Both backs already hold offers from Texas A&M.
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