Avery Anderson realizes it's early in his recruitment. The class of 2015 defensive back holds just one scholarship offer so far, and that's fine by him. A few months before he'll take the first rep of his junior season, the invitation he holds from Wyoming is solid start.
That said, it's never to soon to start looking around. That's why Anderson decided to accompany his fellow 2015 standout Eric Lee to Nebraska's spring game over the weekend. Anderson and Lee both left without offers, but that too was ok with Anderson. He knows he has the luxury of time. And with time has come patience.
"I think I could earn a scholarship from there eventually," Anderson said upon returning from his visit. "I think the way I play translates to Nebraska's type of football. It's physical and smash mouth up there. I can play that type of football."
Anderson took in the entire visit at the side of Lee, a cornerback at Colorado's Valor Christian High School. And while Lincoln's landscape was new to Anderson, Lee has some ties to the area - ties that made the experience a bit more personal for both players.
"Eric's dad is from up there," Anderson said. "We stayed at one of his old professor's houses and saw the town and went around a little bit. Then we did the visit, of course. "
The verdict on the unofficial visit was what you'd expect. Anderson was taken back by the outpour of support Cornhusker fans mustered for a spring scrimmage. And while there's no scholarship offer on the table just yet, the groundwork has been laid in case one materializes in the future.
"It was everything I expected it to be and more," Anderson said. "It's just crazy out there. You know, the fans and the stadium and all the different programs they have.
"We got to talk to the corners coach briefly and got to say hi to the head coach, but outside of that we didn't get to talk to too many coaches."
The travel won't stop there for the high school sophomore. Next up on his itinerary is a trip to Arizona State for an unofficial visit. He also has tentative plans to make the journey south to Vanderbilt for the Commodores' spring game.
Even at such an early juncture, the interest in Anderson doesn't stop there. More schools are already testing the waters. And while his offer list doesn't reflect it just yet, the pursuit of the Colorado Springs (Colo.) Pine Creek cornerback is gaining steam.
"I've been to Colorado again and Colorado State," Anderson said. "I've talked to Washington State. We've talked to BYU and a couple others. Those are the ones off the top of my head right now."
Anderson plays both offense and defense at Pine Creek, which struggled to a 4-6 overall record a season ago.