Just call 2011 the year of the tight end in high school recruiting. There are seemingly elite tight ends all over the country this year and one of them is Powder Springs (Ga.) Mceachern prospect Rory Anderson. As an athletic, pass-catching tight end, Anderson already has 12 scholarship offers and five schools in particular that are standing out.
Recently, Anderson took part in the BadgerSports 7on7 Elite Passing Camp and was one of the top performers at the event. This week, Anderson spoke to Rivals.com and listed a top five among his 12 offers that is standing out. In order, that five consists of Tennessee, South Carolina, Purdue, Virginia and Louisville.
Anderson touched on some of the things that stand out about those programs.
"For right now [Tennessee]'s at my top," Anderson said. "I have a good connection with them and have been up there and visited before. I like the campus."
The playing time opportunity is one of the main factors that stands out about the South Carolina offer.
"Coach Mangus just left my school and I talked to him there," he said. "He said I'm at the top of their tight end board right now as their number one guy they want over anyone else at tight end right now. There's a good chance I can play right away as a freshman because they don't have any other tight ends from what he told me."
The Purdue interest is also heavy.
"Their coach just came by to see me yesterday so I got to talk to him a little bit," he said. "I've heard a lot from them so far."
Though Anderson's offer list is lengthy at this point in the process, there are still programs that he hopes to add before all is said and done.
"My top two schools that haven't offered me yet are Oregon and Georgia," he said. "I've always liked Oregon and they are coming here next Thursday to see me workout and watch our spring practice. I really liked Georgia too."
Already Anderson has taken visits to Georgia, Vanderbilt and Tennessee. Spring practice is quickly approaching at Mceachern but over the summer he hopes to get to a few more campuses. Among his anticipated trips, Anderson includes Virginia, South Carolina, and another trip to Georgia.
Ryan Bartow contributed to this report.