Since receiving his first offer from Northwestern in February, Plano (Texas) West running back Auston Anderson has seen the recruiting process take flight.
Two months after that first offer he now holds scholarships from the likes of Arizona, Rice, Stanford, Texas Tech, Washington, Navy, and UCLA. In the last week he added three more to bring his scholarship total to 11.
"I got Baylor on Saturday. I went to their spring game," Anderson said. "Then Arkansas offered today actually. That's the most recent one. Then Washington State was last Thursday I think."
The 5-9, 180-pound back is enjoying the attention and at this point is trying to visit as many schools as possible. Over the weekend, he was able to visit Baylor.
"It was great. It was a pleasant surprise. It definitely far exceeded my expectations," Anderson said. "The coaching staff was great. Coach Briles was real nice. It was good to get out there and see a lot their guys and see what they had going on."
There were a few things about the visit to Baylor which really caught his attention.
"The facilities and the coaching staff, the relationship they have with their guys and how they take care of their players. I really like that about the program," Anderson said. "Also the academic advisor she was real good. She had all the stats and stuff so my mom was real happy."
Next on the schedule is a visit to Northwestern on Friday and Saturday, and then he has an April 20 visit to Texas Tech. Anderson has already attended junior days at Tulsa and Rice.
He is not naming favorites at this point, but he admits a few of his out of state options have caught his attention.
"So far I'd say from my out of state schools UCLA and Stanford are looking real good as well as Northwestern and then in Texas everything is really tight," Anderson said. "I'm going to try and take all of my visits before I make any decisions and stuff and see what everyone has to offer. Everyone is kind of on an equal playing field."
While he has not narrowed his options yet, he does have an idea about when he would like to make a commitment.
"I definitely want to go into the season committed, so probably August is when I'm looking to make a decision," Anderson said. "I'd like to go into the season knowing what I'm going to do, and if I get hurt I don't want to be left with my pants down."