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August 14, 2005
Arizona lands first instate commitment
Cody Anderson from Apache Junction, Arizona just became the first in-state commitment for the Arizona Wildcats. Anderson, who is rated as the number six player in the state according to Rivals.com, is in Tucson right now on an unofficial visit.
He arrived in Tucson yesterday in order to observe Arizona's first scrimmage of the Fall Camp and obviously was impressed as he committed this afternoon to the Wildcats.
"I am still on my trip right now, but I committed to Arizona today," said Anderson.
As well as playing football, Anderson excels in basketball and was a First Team All-State selection averaging 26 points and 16 rebounds. Anderson is 6'6" and 250 pounds giving him the body type to play multiple positions including tight end or defensive end as well as possibly adding on weight to eventually become a tackle.
However, after watching his footwork and hands it appears that Anderson has the potential to be a great tight end in college.
GOAZCATS.com watched the athlete almost exclusively while he visited for the last day of the Arizona Three-Day Camp in June and came away impressed with the potential he has on both sides of the ball.
While lining up as a defensive end he was nearly unblockable. He has an extremely fast first step and great arm movement to get around offensive linemen. It is his basketball skill that shows on the football field as he can get position on almost anyone. He has the size to play in college now although will need to add strength in order to be the impact type of player many expect him to be.
The position he looks to have the most potential at seems to be at tight end. He is a very big target as well as having extremely soft hands. Antonio Gates showed the NFL this year what a great low post basketball player can do as a pass catching tight end, and Anderson has the ability to make an impact on the offensive side of the ball as well for the Wildcats.
After watching Anderson in person, GOAZCATS.com knew what an important recruit he would be for Arizona and the coaching staff never let up and got a guy they have wanted all along.
Anderson is still in Tucson on his visit, but we will have a full interview with him about his trip and his new commitment when he returns home.
-Ryan Stevens, Staff Writer