Last week was both busy and exciting for Daphne, Ala., strongside defensive end Ryan Anderson. He not only picked up offers from Auburn and Tennessee but made his way to Tallahassee, Fla., for junior day at Florida State.
"It was good," Anderson said. "I enjoyed the campus. It was nice. They've got a nice coaching staff. It's a good place for football and academics. Everything was nice. They take pride in what they do. They have a nice weightroom, and a good strength and conditioning program. I'd give it a nine and a half. It was a great place."
During the visit, the 6-foot-3, 250-pound Anderson, accompanied by his mother, met with FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher and two assistants, Dameyune Craig and D.J. Eliot (Eliot coaches Anderson's position).
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"They just let me know they'd be recruiting me hard, and they said to just keep working hard," Anderson said. "Coach Fisher's a great coach. He's a straight-forward guy. He's not going to try to make you do anything you don't want to do. I like Coach Fisher a lot."
According to Anderson, who recorded 14.5 sacks as a junior, the coaches also discussed what role defensive ends play at FSU.
"They rely on their defensive ends to get most of the pressure on the quarterback," Anderson said. "Being a defensive end at Florida State is a pretty big part of the defense. One of their defensive ends [Brandon Jenkins] was like [top 10] in the nation in sacks. And their defensive line as a whole was near the top."
Did FSU offer while Anderson was in town?
"I honestly don't know," Anderson said.
But, he added, "If it hasn't happened already, it's going to happen."
Anderson's first offer came the week Daphne won the 2010 Class 6A state championship, when South Alabama pulled the trigger. UAB offered shortly thereafter, then things quieted a bit until last week.
Besides FSU, Anderson also attended a junior day at Alabama. Next week, he'll check out Auburn.
Right now, Anderson claims no leader.
"All the schools I've been to are nice," Anderson said. "I'm really trying to enjoy the recruiting process while it lasts, and trying to work hard and win another championship."