FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Ryder Anderson picked up something on Monday he’s been coveting: An offer from a SEC school.
The 2017 defensive end from Katy (Texas) High School took an unofficial visit to Arkansas on Monday and was extended an offer by the Razorbacks before leaving Tuesday.
“(The visit) was great and everything was beautiful,” Anderson told SEC Country in a phone interview Tuesday. “The facilities, the coaches, everything was just great. It was really exciting to get a SEC offer.”
Anderson isn’t the only prospect from Katy, a Houston suburb, the Razorbacks have had their eye on. Arkansas coaches paid extra attention to 2018 offensive lineman Trace Oldner, Anderson’s teammate, at the team’s three-day high school camp this week in Fayetteville. And on Tuesday, an offer was extended to 2017 tight end Camron Horry from Taylor High School, also in Katy.
“We’ve got a lot of talent in Katy,” Anderson said. “I think the (Arkansas) coaches have realized that and started really recruiting the area.”
As the recruiting process has picked up for Anderson, he’s had the benefit of relying on the advice from a family member with recent experience on handling the college decision. His older brother, Rodney, is a redshirt freshman running back at Oklahoma and was a highly coveted 4-star prospect out of Katy in 2015.
“He just told me to take it all in,” Anderson said. “You only go through the process once, so just enjoy it all. He told me not to rush it and take my time, and make sure I go to a spot where I feel most comfortable.”
At 6-foot-7, 230-pounds, Anderson could play either defensive end or outside linebacker at the college level depending on the scheme of the school he chooses.
“I’ve got great size and great ability to pass rush,” Anderson said. “I’m really aggressive. I just look to get off the line and get to the ball.”
Anderson holds offers from nine FBS schools, according to 247Sports, with Arkansas and Colorado being the only two from a Power Five conference. He said he would like to make his college decision before his senior season begins.