“My dad is in the Air Force so we moved around a lot,” Anderson said. “We lived in Arizona between my 6th and 8th grade and then moved to Colorado Springs. I watched a lot of Arizona State games when I lived there and that was always my dream school. I was very excited when they started recruiting me because I know my dad was going retire there and we were going to move back there (Anderson does plan to finish his high schools studies at Pine Creek).
“I was there on a visit last week and I loved spending time with the coaches. I spent a lot of time with Coach Graham and Coach Ball and just seeing how great the whole staff was…it just felt like home. That’s where I could see my future. When I called the coaches today they told me that they had an offer and I committed then.”
Coming from a military family, Anderson naturally appreciated the culture change that Graham has instituted in Tempe.
“Discipline and accountability – that’s how we roll in my family,” Anderson said. “Those are things my dad always preaches. It won’t be hard for me to adjust once I get to ASU. Seeing Arizona State when I was younger, and seeing them now and talking to the coaches you can tell that they are going the right direction and they will have a bright future.
“It’s all very exciting and I committed because I wanted to be part of that. I also committed because I wanted to play every week in front of my parents, grandparents, my old coaches, my friends…that was a huge part of it.”
The 6-0 172-pound Avery Anderson noted that during his sophomore season he played cornerback and safety, as well as returning punts and kickoffs, but he will be adding duties at running back and wide receiver this upcoming season.
“The ASU coaches are looking at me as safety,” Anderson sated. “I don’t think I’m done growing and I’m going to work on getting stronger. Over 30 percent of their plays on defense last year was bump and run coverage and that’s how I like to play, being physical against the wide receivers. I practiced a lot of those techniques here.”
It’s often been said that relationships are the cornerstone of any recruiting process, and this theory certainly held true with ASU’s first 2015 commitment.
“A lot of people told me that schools are going to look the same to you,” Anderson explained. “Everyone is going to have big facilities and things like that. But one thing that is going to be different is the coaches and that has to be the most important part of your decision, because those are the people that you will spend the most time with.
“I like Coach Graham because he is someone that is always true to his word. He means what he preaches. I talked to Coach Ball a lot during the visit and I have a great relationship with him and I look forward to being coached by him.”
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