Reserve (La.) Riverside Academy defensive end Joe Anderson has been a hot prospect on the recruiting front. He received his first offer from Tennessee and has since added offers from Tulane, Florida, South Carolina, Ole Miss, and Kansas State.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound standout has also taken a few unofficial visits.
"I went to LSU and Mississppi State's junior days and yesterday I went to Tulane," Anderson said.
He liked the homey feel of LSU and that it was close to home. He was able to meet with coach Brick Haley and get a feel for Baton Rouge. His visit to Tulane was much like LSU, and Anderson was able to meet the entire Green Wave staff.
There were also a few things which stood out about his trip to Mississippi State.
"The campus really and how they prepare themselves for their games," Anderson said.
In addition to his offers and the interest from LSU and Mississippi State, Anderson has also received significant interest from Florida State, Alabama, and Arizona State.
Right now he does not have any trips scheduled and he is figuring out his summer camp schedule.
As for making a decision or having any schools at the top of his list, he is keeping an open mind. However, he does have an idea about what he is looking for in a future program.
It is quite simple really. It is one factor and it applies both to his on field play and his off the field studies.
"If I'm going to fit in," Anderson said.
On the field, Anderson has a future as a standout defensive end and off of it he also knows what he wants to pursue in the future.
"I want to major in engineering," Anderson said.
As a junior, Anderson earned 8-2A defensive MVP honors and first-team 2A All-State honors.