The Iowa State Cyclones have received some Big Ten competition for a pledge from League City, Texas offensive guard Cole Anderson, who received an offer yesterday from Kevin Wilson and the Indiana Hoosiers, according to 247Sports. Anderson is currently high on Iowa State, Indiana, Arkansas State, North Texas, Houston, UTSA, Texas State, Tulane, Tulsa, SMU, Rice, and the Oregon State Beavers. Indiana’s offer is his first from the Big Ten, and it has seemed to make a sizeable impact early on in Anderson’s recruitment. A target for quite a number of in-state schools, Anderson also seems to have high interest in a few schools that haven’t offered in the Michigan State Spartans, Northwestern Wildcats, and Duke Blue Devils. The Oklahoma Sooners even have two guys recruiting Anderson, and it would be incredible to see Anderson get offered by the powerhouse Big 12 program to the north of the border.
Iowa State is projected as the team to land Cole Anderson by recruiting analyst Brian Perroni, but it is still very early and it looks like Indiana’s offer has already changed things at least a little bit. Anderson is one of the top 200 recruits in the state of Texas, but the Clear Falls star missed out on being one of the top 75 offensive guard recruits in the 247Composite.
Anderson received his Indiana offer yesterday at camp, and the fact that he played himself into a Hoosiers offer shows that Anderson could very well be an unheralded three-star talented. He recently camped at an in-state school in the Texas Tech Red Raiders, but they have shown minimal interest. Duke also hosted Anderson on a camp visit early in the month, while Rice just hosted him on an unofficial visit at the end of last month.
The 6’4″, 265 pound guard runs a 5.20 forty and is one of the smartest prospects in the state. A versatile offensive lineman, Big Ten academics appeal to Anderson, and his intelligence is one of the reasons why he is taking a close look at Duke, who may have not been as impressed as Indiana was with Anderson’s camp performance.