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WVU ends ‘drought’ with Florida back

By By Chris Anderson
For the Gazette

West Virginia had one of the best starts to the 2015 class in the nation, securing ten commitments faster than any team in the country. After a two-month “drought” — as much as one can be almost a year until National Signing Day — the Mountaineers got back on the board again Monday night, securing a commitment from Miramar (Fla.) running back Alex Anderson.

The 6-foot, 184-pound prospect has spent the last three years playing under new WVU assistant coach — and former Miramar head coach — Damon Cogdell, but it was another south Florida recruiter that closed the deal for West Virginia.

“[JaJuan Seider] told me ahead of time that he was going to come by the practice and see me,” Anderson said Monday night. “He told me that he was specifically coming down and asked if I was ready to commit. He said he was coming down with a purpose.”

This was great news for Anderson. He had originally planned on committing in January when Cogdell — who Anderson refers to as a “father figure” — was announced as a new Mountaineers assistant coach. However, the coaching staff wanted to get a better look at him before accepting his pledge.

So on Monday, Seider did come down with a purpose — to fully evaluate Anderson one more time and report back to coach Dana Holgorsen. Once all parties were satisfied, the three-star back became the latest member of the 2015 class, which is currently ranked 10th in the nation by 247Sports.

As for the wait, Anderson says that did not bother him in the least, and that he always intended to be a Mountaineer, despite offers from Wisconsin, Tennessee, North Carolina State and more.

“I always had it in my mind,” he said. “I never had any doubts.”

Anderson is viewed as a more traditional, pound-the-ball running back, but he has shown this spring that he can play in an offense more focused on the passing game.

“I’m more of a big back, but I can catch it out of the backfield,” he said. “They’re going to do a lot of screens with me and have me catching the ball some.”

Anderson received a three-star, 0.8596-rating in the 247Sports Composite as the nation’s 58th-ranked running back. His commitment not only pushes West Virginia into the Top 10 nationally, but JaJuan Seider — his lead recruiter — has extended his lead as the top recruiter among assistant coaches in the Big 12, per 247Sports. He also ranks seventh nationally.

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