Calvin Anderson made his long awaited grad transfer announcement earlier today. The Rice star tackle will finish his career as a Texas Longhorn.
Texas beat out Auburn, Michigan, and Oklahoma to land Anderson for his final season. Other schools like Texas A&M were also involved.
As a recruit, Anderson was a lightly-recruited two-star player. Late in the process a few Big 12 programs began to take notice, but ultimately he stuck with a commitment to play at Rice.
After three seasons at the Houston-based Conference USA school, he is a real NFL-caliber tackle. Now, he gets to showcase his talents on one of the biggest programs in college football.
As it turns out, a big factor is the offensive line coach that he will play for. In January, head coach Tom Herman hired Herb Hand, one of the nation’s most popular position coaches.
Calvin Anderson told Bruce Feldman that Hand joining the Texas staff was a huge factor.
If Hand had remained at Auburn, where he coached from 2016-17, perhaps the Tigers would’ve landed Anderson. From Sports Illustrated:
The presence of new UT O-line coach Herb Hand, who had actually started recruiting Anderson for Auburn, though, was significant. Anderson called Hand’s role in the decision “huge.”
“Herb Hand coming to Texas was a large reason for me (choosing UT). Had he not come, circumstances might be different.”
Now, Anderson, an Austin-native, gets to play even closer to home, and for his desired position coach. That is a pretty good deal.
Herman just inked one of the nation’s best recruiting classes last month. Adding a plug-and-play star tackle like Anderson is the icing on the cake.