There have been plenty of recruiting battles between Arizona and Arizona State over the years, but when it comes to the chase for three-star Reserve (La.) East St. John running back Nigel Anderson, the two programs could be breaking new ground.
Both programs have turned up the heat in their efforts to recruit Louisiana and according to Anderson, both are showing him heavy interest.
"They are both showing me the most love right now," Anderson said over the weekend. "Arizona State has been for a long time and Arizona likes me on defense and they haven't seen me in person yet but they're telling me they really like me."
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The Wildcats are thinking outside the box when it comes to Anderson, who has played primarily running back for most of his career. Anderson said he's still learning about the program.
" I know it's hot there," Anderson joked. "I know they're good at passing the ball but if I go there I'll be playing defense and I would just go in and try to make a big difference on the team."
When it comes to Arizona State, Anderson said he's more familiar because the relationship dates back further.
"They're liking me the most," he said. "They send me the most mail and stuff like that. I think they're a good team and they've told me they have big plans for me. They said if I commit and I go there that I'll have a chance to get on the field early and get some playing time."
The Sun Devils see Anderson playing his natural position, but he said he's open to playing wherever he can help.
"Arizona State wants me at running back," he said. "I think they've got a good offense but I just want to go to a school where I can have an impact on offense or defense."
Anderson said he's planning on visiting both schools next month.