Joe Anderson was one of the premier defensive end prospects in the state of Louisiana his senior year of high school.
After signing with Ole Miss on National Signing Day, the three-star prospect wound up at Copiah-Lincoln Community College (Wesson, Miss.).
That path has opened more doors for the highly sought-after 6-foot-4, 285-pound strong-side defensive end.
Case and point: LSU invited Anderson to the Bayou Picnic this weekend, which was enough to sway the Ole Miss commit in a new direction.
While he still awaits an official offer from his hometown team, Anderson believes it’s imminent, and that is why the Tigers have managed to become his newly minted top team.
“I’m just patiently waiting on the LSU offer, that’s all,” Anderson told SEC Country. “I’m still committed to them (Ole Miss), but I haven’t really been talking to Ole Miss. What stands out about LSU is that it’s home. I know that I can play there. My family can come and watch me. LSU is No. 1 on my list, even though they haven’t offered yet.”
Anderson received interest from LSU as a standout for Riverside Academy (Reserve, La.) during his senior season, but it pales to the courtship he received this weekend.
Both defensive line coach Ed Orgeron and coach Les Miles made their recruiting pitch short and to the point, and their desire to bring Anderson back to The Boot is rivaled only by the defensive end’s will to return.
“They pretty much said the same thing to me, which is that they need me to become a Tiger,” Anderson said. “It would not be any pressure on me to flip on Ole Miss. I really feel like I need to be at LSU, so now I’m just waiting on it (the offer).”
Anderson’s attendance at the Bayou Picnic went exactly as the junior college prospect had hoped for.
He rekindled the relationships with coaches that courted him during his high school days and received a better picture of how to procure an offer.
Anderson believes it should come as early as next month during LSU’s camps, which is why he plans on being there and making the decision easy for the coaches.
“They say it’s a process to get the offer because they just started recruiting me and they want me to come to the camp next month. I’m thinking that’s when they will offer me,” the defensive end explained. “It was amazing. All I thought about was coming back home and playing for them (LSU). I’m just waiting patiently for the offer so I can commit to LSU.”
Clearly, Anderson does not have hard feelings about not getting recruited very hard by LSU out of high school. He’s much more keen on the Tigers today.
Fifteen months removed from inking his Letter of Intent to a rival SEC West power, Anderson remains intent on doing the same when next February rolls around. It just might be a school a little closer to home.
It’s now a matter of “when” the LSU offer arrives rather than “if.”
“The coaches remember me from high school, but now that every big school is offering me, I wasn’t surprised by them coming to recruit me again,” Anderson said. “This time, they’re recruiting me much more than they did while I was in high school. It shows a lot that they want me to come back home so bad. I feel like if they wanted me that bad, they should have been more serious when I was in high school, but I understand.”
Sam Spiegelman covers LSU football recruiting for SECCountry.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play in Tigers Stadium.