Manvel (Texas) 2016 defensive back Deontay Anderson has attracted national attention for his abilities on the football field and following the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour he hit the road.
"It was my first time in Auburn and they really impressed me," Anderson said. "First of all it's a clean campus. I've never been there but it seems live. They're going to really do some great things. I know.
"LSU, as soon as you step on campus all you can think about is DBU. You know, how many great DBs they've put in the NFL. From Patrick Peterson to Mo Claiborne, Tyrann Mathieu, Eric Reid. I mean there's a lot. LSU, they're up there too.
"And UT was pretty great. Coach Strong knows what he's doing."
A trip to Texas A&M was also in the works, but the Andersons opted to postpone the trip a couple of times so he would have a better opportunity to meet and talk with the coaches.
He also mentioned wanting to take visits to Stanford and UCLA, but after his whirlwind of visits he decided to stay home.
"I do still want to visit UCLA and Stanford, but after all the visits I just stayed home," Anderson said. "I just took my time and went back to working out and stuff. I'm pretty sure I'm going to end up going to places if not this summer then next summer."
Now he is on his way to the Opening at the Nike Headquarters in Oregon. Following his trip to the Pacific Northwest he plans to return to the road and head down to the Southeast.
"I'm going to Alabama on the 14th and then I'm going to Ole Miss and Mississippi State and A&M is going to be my last one," Anderson said.
At this point in the recruiting process, Anderson is in the information gathering phase and he continues to keep an open mind.
"I'm still wide open. I'm just enjoying it while I can," Anderson said. I'm just really trying to focus on my team and trying to win this state championship. I know I'll play after that so I'm in the position to sit back and watch how other athletes go there and here and stuff like that. So I'm not trying to rush anything."
However, he does have a couple of programs who have begun to standout.
"I could say Auburn and UT," Anderson said.
"Auburn it's just so much love they showed me and they have great people down at Auburn. Just so much love they showed me and not just me but so much respect for my parents and stuff. That's what really stood out.
"Coach Strong, they have a great new staff. They're just going to do great things. Being around coach Strong, he's just so straight forward with it and he's a cool dude. He's a very cool dude. My parents love him, so I don't have a problem with him."
He has also thought about how he wants to handle the decision making process.
"Of course I've thought about it," Anderson said. "I want to have at least a top 10 after this football season. A top five around the beginning of the summer. And I want to commit before my senior year. But I don't want to rush it at the same time either."
Jason Howell is the Mid-South Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can click here to follow him on Twitter.
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