November 24, 2008

Texas receiver looking at Missouri

College Station (Tex.) A&M Consolidated wide receiver Craig Anderson currently goes to a school that is just a five-minute drive from Texas A&M's Kyle Field. Proximity, however, has not stopped the 2010 recruit from looking at other schools in the Big 12.

"I have been receiving letters from A&M, LSU, Kansas, TCU, SMU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Missouri and Stanford," the junior said.

Currently, Anderson does not have any favorites, but he has been taking a closer look at the schools that have contacted him.

"I am going to a lot of camps this summer such as the NIKE camp," he said. "I am researching all the colleges that I want to go to out of the ones I named. I am trying to figure out which one is the best fit for me. Whatever college I decided to pursue, I want to take visits and talk with the coaches."

Moving out of state is not a problem according to Anderson, and it's one of the reasons Missouri is a school he is interested in.

"I will play out of Texas, but I kind of want to go out of state anyway," Anderson said. "I want to play in the Big 12 or the SEC, but if I have to go out of Texas I will go. That's really what I wanted to do ever since I was a freshman."

Although his contact has been limited with Mizzou because of distance, the wide receiver is looking closely at the Tigers.

"My interest is very high in Missouri," he said. "I really like Missouri because I play receiver, and I know they have a good offense. It's a high-powered offense, and they score almost anytime they take the field. It's just a good offense, and I would like to play in that offense, and that is why I am interested in Missouri."

The Texas native is also thinking about working out at one of Missouri's camps next summer.

"I want to go to a camp this summer," Anderson said. "I wanted to go to a game, but with the distance, I could not do it. Hopefully, I can go to a camp out there and talk to one of the coaches recruiting in my area."

When talking about the Tigers, Anderson mentioned the high-powered offense that often involves Chase Daniel connecting with Jeremy Maclin. Maclin's ability to return punts is another factor that is of interest to Anderson.

"I see myself as a punt returner because I have great speed, and I have great vision," he said. "I find my blockers, and if I see a seam, I can just take it and run with it. That is what I like about Jeremy Maclin with all the all-purpose yards he has. By him being a receiver, it just shows me how I want to be when I get to college."

Anderson was moved to cornerback this season due to a player shortage on the defensive side of the ball. At 6-foot-3 and 180 lbs., he said not too many teams tested him.

"We ended our season with a loss in the first round of the playoffs," Anderson said. "We had a really good season. I played cornerback, and they did not really pass to my side with me being so tall at cornerback. When they did throw to my side, I had a lot of pass break ups because it would be really short routes. I had a lot of tackles too."

Anderson said he looks to move back to his natural position as a wide receiver at the college level. Because of the switch to corner, the junior said he has some work to do on his offensive game so that he is prepared for the next level.

"I have played both sides of the ball," he said. "This year I played defense, and so I need to get back into my route running. Right now, I just need to work on my routes. Now, I am going back to my true position."

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