Reserve (La.) Riverside Academy standout defender Joe Anderson saw several scholarship offers arrive early in the process. The SEC was the first to show interest with Tennessee and Mississippi State a couple of the first programs to jump on board. Florida, Kansas State, and Ole Miss have also extended scholarship offers.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound standout has been staying busy this summer with workouts at home. He has not been attending college camps and he does not have any visits scheduled. There's a reason, Anderson is focused on preparing for his final season at Riverside Academy, and he knows he will spend his first couple of years on the Junior College level.
"I have to go," Anderson said. "In sports, I'm going to be a senior, and in the classroom, I'm going to be a junior and I'm not going to qualify."
Still, there are several FBS college programs hot on his trail, which is not hard to imagine with 4.5 speed and around a 36-inch vertical, and a few schools standing out from the rest.
"Yeah, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi State, and Tennessee," Anderson said. "One thing is how the coaches talk to me. They call like every two weeks. Like each one of them."
As for Junior Colleges, Copiah-Lincoln in Wesson, Miss., and Mississippi Gulf Coast in Perkinston, Miss., have caught his attention at this point, and he is looking to make a decision after his football season.
In addition to his summer workout schedule, Anderson has also been busy in the classroom. He may not be able to qualify, but he has not let that hold him back.
This past semester ended on a high note and he is continuing with some work during the summer.
"They went good, I passed all my classes," Anderson said. "I'm going to summer school to change one of my grades."
In his first year of football, as a junior at Riverside Academy, Anderson earned 8-2A defensive MVP honors and he was named first-team 2A all-state as the Rebels finished with a 9-4 overall record.