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NSD 2017: Anderson headed to North Carolina






Brian Anderson made his commitment official by signing with North Carolina on Wednesday. (Staff Photo)

By Tim Gayle
RRS Correspondent
(February 2, 2017)

Brian Anderson had 30 scholarship offers when he received one last June from North Carolina.

“I’d go and visit a bunch of them but I never really clicked with any,” he said. “The first time I stepped on campus there, it was somewhere that this was my home, this was where I wanted to be. There wasn’t any wavering from there. It was just a matter of, now that I’m here, getting other kids to come join.”

North Carolina coach Larry Fedora spoke about the 2017 signing class on Wednesday, calling it a “special group” because of its closeness and the desire of early commitments to recruits others to be part of the signing class.

Catholic coach Aubrey Blackwell had that same feeling a year ago when he stepped on Catholic’s campus as the new head coach and first encountered Anderson.

“I have so much to be thankful for, for having coached this wonderful young man,” he said. “A tenacious finisher, the ‘Friday Night lights’ turned him into a force up front. A student of the game, with an incredibly mature view of this entire process. I’m most proud that Brian was never looking for the biggest offer with the best facilities, but was always looking for a home that would give him the best opportunity to be successful throughout life.”

Anderson was part of a senior class that helped Catholic post an 8-3 record in 2016, the most wins for the Knights since 1994 and the first appearance in the state playoffs since 2008. He was also the first offensive lineman in the history of the Capital City Conference to be selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All Star Game, which in turn allowed him to play his collegiate position, center, for the first time.

“The only time I got to play center was in the Alabama-Mississippi All Star Game,” he said. “I really got the feel for it, it’s pretty natural to me, so it’s nothing I’m worried about it.”
The Tar Heels are losing second team all-ACC center Lucas Crowley, so Anderson will be among the three players vying for a new position this fall. Backup Mark Uptegraff will be a senior and third-team center Tommy Hatton will be a sophomore this fall.

“Obviously, the goal for any football player is to try and get playing time as much as possible, but it’s just a matter of improving myself this offseason,” Anderson said. “If they need me to redshirt, I’m definitely open to it, that’s something I’m willing to do. But if they say they need me to play my freshman year, I’m definitely willing to play.”

In addition to Anderson, other Catholic players signing on Wednesday included David Poole to Chattanooga; Landon Pinckard to Faulkner University; and Saxton Bibbins to Alabama Prep Sports Academy.

 


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