Dee Anderson Commits to LSU: What 2016 4-Star WR Brings to Tigers

Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2014

Credit: 247Sports

Class of 2016 wide receiver Dee Anderson, a 4-star recruit from Mesquite, Texas, committed to LSU Thursday afternoon.

He confirmed the news with a celebratory Tweet:

"I committed to LSU because it was the perfect fit for me," Anderson told 247Sports Recruiting Insider Justin Hopkins, per Sonny Shipp of Geaux 247. "From the offense to the way they use receivers to the engineering program. It was a great fit."

Anderson attended the Tigers' Elite Camp on July 24, receiving his scholarship offer at the event. From there, it took him only two weeks to decide that Baton Rouge was his future home.

According to Shipp, Georgia was his next favorite option.

Anderson is the No. 119 overall player and No. 26 receiver in the 2016 class, checking in as the No. 13 prospect from the state of Texas.

That he ranks so high is remarkable because Anderson has not played much for his high school team, West Mesquite. According to Barton Simmons of 247Sports, he's caught only two passes in his career and struggled to get on the field as a sophomore.

But with a great camp circuit this summer, where he has slowly harnessed his physical tools into technical skills and been dominant at multiple events, Anderson has rocketed up recruiting boards.

Simmons says he has 5-star potential.

What sticks out immediately with Anderson is his height (6'4") and his rail-thin frame (177 lbs). He's entering only his junior year of high school, so he has ample time to fill out before anything is expected from him at LSU, but how he adds muscle is worth keeping an eye on.

Either way, though, his long arms and athletic ability should make him a useful target outside the numbers. LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron has always liked big targets that can get down the field.

Anderson joins 4-star wide receiver Stephen Sullivan, the No. 75 overall player, and 4-star dual-threat quarterback Feleipe Franks, the No. 41 overall player, as the third member of LSU's 2016 class.

Sullivan is 6'6" and Franks is 6'5". Only at LSU could a 4-star, 6'4" receiver be the lowest-ranked and shortest member of his recruiting class (however early in the cycle).

Jul 2, 2013; Beaverton, OR, USA; Wide receiver Malachi Dupre (15) runs a pass route during the Nike 7on7 pool play at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon on Tuesday July, 2, 2013. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Height is becoming the norm with LSU's receivers, and the sample size of giant committed prospects is growing too big to call that a coincidence. Five-star incoming freshman Malachi Dupre is 6'2.5", and 4-star class of 2015 commit Jazz Ferguson is 6'5".

The Tigers are making a concerted effort to land big, athletic targets for Cameron to toy around with, and Anderson is a solid addition.

Because he is so raw, he has to be considered a boom-or-bust type prospect, but with Dupre, Sullivan and Ferguson (along with other blue-chip incoming freshmen such as Trey Quinn), LSU can afford to incur the risk for the potential of the reward.

The coaching staff will watch his development closely this fall, hoping that a good summer turns into his first good season on the field. Even if it doesn't, the 5-star potential Simmons alluded to will remain.

If he ever taps into it, Anderson could be a star in Baton Rouge.


All recruiting info refers to the 247Sports composite rankings.