Calvin Anderson is leaving Rice as a graduate transfer for a bigger opportunity to finish up his college career.
Calvin Anderson graduated from the Houston-based Conference USA program. News that he will play his final season elsewhere has drawn some huge programs to his door.
As a high school player, Anderson was a bit of a late bloomer. The Austin-native was just a two-star recruit.
247Sports ranked him No. 2432 overall. He was No. 189 among offensive tackles and No. 322 in Texas.
He did draw some attention late in the process. According to Sports Illustrated's Bruce Feldman, who wrote about Anderson's second recruitment, he got late offers from Texas Tech and Kansas State.
He stuck with Rice, and that may end up benefiting him this year. Anderson will have the chance to play, and potentially start, for a huge program next fall.
He tells Feldman that five schools stand out right now. He broke them into three tiers.
At the top: Michigan and Texas. Next, Auburn and Oklahoma. TCU is lurking as well, but they are not as involved. From Sports Illustrated:
“The best way I’d put it now is that Texas and Michigan are first tier,” Anderson says. “Behind them is Auburn, and then [Oklahoma] and then TCU. It’s mostly fluid, though, from No. 1 through 4, with TCU a little less likely.” He has set a deadline to make his decision by March 25—the day he turns 22—but adds that he’ll likely make his decision before then.
Interestingly, Feldman notes that a big draw for Michigan is archrival Ohio State. Anderson likes the appeal of playing against elite defensive linemen.
Ohio State has those. Buckeye defensive end Nick Bosa is one of the best players in the entire country.
Ohio State is helping archrival Michigan in recruiting one of the nation’s hottest commodities.
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Another big deal for Anderson is how formidable some of the Wolverines’ 2018 opponents are, especially the end-of-season matchup with Ohio State’s vaunted defensive front.
“In the Big Ten, they have bigger defensive linemen, and for me to be able to display that run-blocking ability is gonna be a big benefit of going to Michigan. In the Big 12, you’d have really good edge rushers that I’d play against. I’m comparing styles of offenses.”
If Michigan lands Anderson, Wolverine fans will be happy to know that he's up to the challenge. Blocking Bosa and company is no easy task.