Earlier today Miramar (FL) running back Alex Anderson officially committed to West Virginia. Anderson became the Mountaineers eleventh commitment of the 2015 class and sixth player to pledge from the state of Florida.
Anderson had given WVU a soft verbal earlier in the recruiting process after a trip to Morgantown. With the coaches unsure if they wanted to take the commitment from Anderson he had to hold of on an official verbal commitment.
In the meantime other schools like Wisconsin, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Boston College and North Carolina State got involved in the recruiting process. He had seven offers in total.
Today, WVU running backs coach JaJuan Seider took a trip to visit Anderson.
"When I first decided to visit and commit, they weren't sure if they wanted to accept it or not. My highlight tape isn't really that much because they haven't utilized me as much the past two seasons," said Anderson. "Coach Seider came down today. He told me a couple of days ago that he was coming down with a purpose. He told me that he hoped I was ready. So he came down today to watch me practice. He loved what I did and I showed him what I could do. Then we talked and it was finalized."
Anderson like so many other Miramar Patriots is now officially ready to follow the rich recruiting pipeline to Morgantown.
He is excited to carry on the tradition guys like Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey set.
"It's great to follow in their footsteps. Now they're doing big things in the NFL so to see guys go from Miramar to West Virginia to the NFL, it's great," said Anderson.
Additionally, Anderson will be quickly reunited with his former high school coach, Damon Cogdell, who took over as a WVU linebacker coach this past March.
"I've known Damon Cogdell for the past four years, he's like a father figure. He stayed on me real hard. If it wasn't for him," said Anderson. "I probably wouldn't be in the position that I'm in now. I thank him very much for everything. I'm excited to be with him for another four years, it'll be great."
At six-foot, 195 pounds, Anderson is tabbed as a power back, but he believes once he arrives in Morgantown, he can be a versatile rusher for the Mountaineers.
"I'm a big back, but that's not all I can do. A lot of backs can just run the ball or just catch the ball, some backs are just power guys or speed guys," said Anderson. "I'm power, speed and can catch it out of the backfield."
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