Mineola Offensive Tackles Austin Anderson + Riley Anderson Offered By Tulsa
Austin Anderson and Riley Anderson joined the FBS recruiting game just a few hours before the entire Class of 2016 takes front in center in the college football sphere.
The Mineola twins, the team's starting offensive tackles, picked up offers from Tulsa on Tuesday. Austin Anderson announced the news via his personal Twitter account.
The Andersons are coming off a fantastic junior campaign. They blocked for a group of exclusively underclassmen runners and helped the run-heavy Yellowjackets offense amass 4,465 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns in a 16-game season culminating with a Class 3A Division I state championship appearance.
Austin Anderson (6-4, 280) was named to the 2014 ETSN.fm East Texas Football Super Team's first team with a 96 percent grade and 118 pancakes. Riley Anderson (6-5, 285) won second team honors with a 91 percent grade and 96 pancakes.
Tulsa, in its first year of American Athletic Conference competition, finished the 2014 season with a 2-10 record. It cost Bill Blankenship his job.
Phillip Montgomery took the reigns of the Golden Hurricane program in December. He spent the previous six years at Baylor and climbed the ranks to offensive coordinator in his final two seasons, which coincided with Bryce Petty's tenure as the program's starting quarterback.
Montgomery has plenty of exposure to Texas high school football.
After starting his career as a graduate assistant at Tarleton State, Montgomery made the move to neighboring Stephenville High School and served as a quarterbacks and running backs coach from 1997 to 2001. He then became offensive coordinator at Denton High School for the 2002 season before being pulled away by Houston to serve as an offensive coach.
Tulsa's 2015 recruiting class, a mix of Blankenship and late Montgomery recruits, will sign Wednesday. Texas High receiver Jarion Anderson and running back Javon Thomas are expected to be a part of the Golden Hurricane signing group.
The tackles join seven other junior East Texans with at least one FBS scholarship offer. Combined, the group holds 45 opportunities and is headlined by Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones' 34 scholarship choices.
Mineola will be a team to watch next season. Graduation gutted its outstanding defensive front, but the team returns virtually all its offensive skill players and its secondary in addition to the Anderson twins.
The Andersons have a year to field more college football opportunities. They will become eligible to sign with college football programs in exactly 365 days.
2016 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Austin Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-4, 280 -- offer from Tulsa (1)
- Riley Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-5, 285 -- offer from Tulsa (1)
- Demarco Boyd, RB/LB, Gilmer, 6-0, 215 — committed to Texas; additional offers from Baylor, Florida State, Texas A&M (4)
- Zach Hall, ATH, Tyler Lee, 5-11, 170 – offer from Texas Tech (1)
- Travon Fuller, CB, Athens, 6-0, 160 — committed to Texas A&M (1)
- Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, 6-0, 190 — offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Florida State, Georgia, Houston, Kentucky, Louisiana Tech, Louisville, LSU, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Purdue, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, USC, Washington State (34)
- Braylon Jones, DT, John Tyler, 6-3, 275 – offers from Air Force, Navy (2)
- Corey Lane, S, Nacogdoches, 5-11, 185 – offer from Louisiana Tech (1)
- Kendrick Rogers, WR, Frankston, 6-4, 185 — offer from North Texas, SMU (2)