October 20, 2009

Kilgore star hearing from Baylor

Defensive back has been a main focus for the Baylor coaching staff in 2009. The Bears already have commits from Ahmad Dixon, Tyler Stephenson, and Sam Holl, but it isn't keeping them from staying in contact with a another talented cornerback, Kilgore College's Jimmie Anderson.

In August [i]HawgSports.com[/i] talked to a junior college expert who had nothing but good things to say about Anderson.

"The kid can play and, yes, he's that good," said a source close to junior college football. "Jimmie is the type of player who will play high Division I football and then likely go to the NFL while still being tagged as 'too small' to play. He will play football for pay one of these days."

Anderson, who is originally from Austin, says the recruiting process has been different this time around than it was coming out of high school.

"It's a lot different," Anderson said. "After I found out I didn't qualify a lot of schools went elsewhere. JUCO helped out a lot because it gave me a second chance and opened up my recruiting a lot."

As well as getting his grades in line, there was something else the junior college route has helped him do.

"Mainly getting my weight up," Anderson said, "because besides that I have everything you look for in a corner besides height, but I play much bigger than I am."

Anderson said that Baylor was definitely a school that he could see himself playing for and also felt like he brought a lot to the table for them.

"I like them a lot. I like the way they play and it's closer to home," said the speedy back. "It helps out a lot because it would give my family a chance to see me play a lot more rather then me being way across the country. So it would be good for my family."

So what does that mean if Baylor becomes his first offer?

"If they were to offer me I would consider them as a top school," Anderson said.

However, there are some big name programs in the running for his services.

"LSU and Arkansas because they are in the SEC," said Anderson. "I'd love to play there for the challenge."

Kilgore continues action at home next week against N.E. Oklahoma A&M at 3 p.m.

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