The 2014 Texas recruiting class doubled its offensive line representation yesterday with the commitment of consensus three star New Orleans Offensive Lineman Alex Anderson. Anderson represents a commitment at an important position of need for a rapidly depleting Longhorn OL and is the first Joe Wickline project in Austin.
Based on his film, Anderson's strengths are his mean streak, physical mindset, his desire and the motor to finish blocks and an ability to get his "fit" on opposing defenders with good hand placement (and a knack for legalized holding). He played tackle in high school but he'll need to fix his drop step and get less wooden for that to translate to the college level. He's probably heading to guard. Anderson played most of his snaps from a two point stance, but he does have some encouraging clips with his hand down where he shows better pad level and explosion instead of relying on standing up and overwhelming inferior opponents with superior size and tenacity.
Anderson de-committed from Arizona State in January and chose the Longhorns over a dozen other offers including Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma State and Miami. He also offers us some insight into the type of mindset and frame that Joe Wickline covets in his OL prospects - Wickline clearly believes he can coach up and develop the rest.