Texas RB plans visit to Navy

Auston Anderson

Navy is on Auston Anderson's radar. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back from Plano, Texas has offers from the likes of Arizona, Northwestern, Rice, Stanford, Texas Tech, UCLA, and Washington, but is intrigued with what the opportunity of attending the Naval Academy holds. He spoke to GoMids.com on his interest in the Naval Academy program.

Navy is on Auston Anderson's radar. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound running back from Plano, Texas has offers from the likes of Arizona, Northwestern, Rice, Stanford, Texas Tech, UCLA, and Washington, but is intrigued with what the opportunity of attending the Naval Academy holds. He spoke to GoMids.com on his interest in the Naval Academy program.

"It was great to get the offer from Coach Yokitis," Anderson said. "It made my family proud. I have a lot of military men and women in my family. You know, Navy has a great football team every year. The education is unmatched and I do like the thought of serving my country. My first objective has always been on education, not on trying to play pro ball. I'm definitely going to make plans to go to Annapolis before I make my final decision.

"Coach Yo said that he loves my speed, quickness, my explosiveness out of the backfield and my home run ability. I'm not the biggest guy on the field, but I make up for it with my speed to be able to make the cut and go and pick up positive yards. I play some slot receiver too in high school. He likes me to be that versatile back who can do a variety of things in the offense."

In his junior season at Plano West, Anderson rushed for 1,156 yards on 168 carries with 13 touchdowns. He was named first-team All-District in Texas 10-5A and All-Collin County.

"I split carries with [sophomore] Soso Jamabo, so I pride myself on my blocking when my number isn't called," he said. "My focus next year is just on becoming the complete package, being a team player, and helping us win ball games."

In 2012, Anderson led the the Wolves to the fourth round of the state 5A playoffs. West should be one of the favorites in their region next season with the dynamic duo of Anderson and Jamabo returning. Jamabo, who will be part of the 2015 class, already holds offers from Michigan, Ohio State, and Oklahoma. Anderson would like to have his decision made by the end of summer to focus on a big senior campaign.

"It's a tough decision for me to make a decision right now," Anderson said. "I do have a few schools that standout, but before I commit I want to go see what each one has to offer. I blessed to have a list of strong academic schools. They're each great in their own right. I'd like to be out of state, somewhere that's not too hot. It's tough to do two-a-days in Texas in 110 degree heat. I think the spread offense fits my style of play the best, but I'm fairly open there. What will make my decision is how I feel when I'm on campus. That's going to be the biggest thing for me in figuring out where I should go."

Anderson said he speaks often with Mick Yokitis on the phone since receiving that offer from Navy. He reports a 3.5 GPA in the classroom and a scorching 4.4 time in the 40 yard dash.

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