Mineola’s Anderson Twins Receive Offers From Texas Tech
The good news keeps on coming for Mineola junior offensive tackles Austin Anderson and Riley Anderson.
The twins announced Tuesday they have received offers from Texas Tech through their Twitter accounts. It's Austin Anderson's second offer from a school competing in a power five conference and Riley Anderson's first.
Mineola's bookends have been, by far, the two most active players on the East Texas recruiting scene since the region's senior class signed national letters of intent last week. All nine of their combined offers have come since Feb. 3.
The pair picked up scholarships from Texas State less than 24 hours prior to Texas Tech's invitations. Both linemen also have offers from North Texas and Tulsa. Austin Anderson has an additional opportunity from Northwestern.
Austin Anderson (6-4, 280) was named to the 2014 ETSN.fm East Texas Football Super Team’s first team last week 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.
Those individual accolades came after a surprising Mineola season that culminated with a Class 3A Division I championship game appearance. The duo helped push a run-dependent, young offense to 4,465 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns in 16 games.
Texas Tech is coming off a difficult 4-8 season, but it still managed a solid showing in East Texas. The Red Raiders pulled in Lufkin receiver KeKe Coutee and Longview offensive lineman Broderick Washington last week as part of the 2015 recruiting class as well as former Whitehouse receivers Jake Parker and Coleman Patterson as preferred walk ons.
Former Chapel Hill safety Joseph Clark also is expected to be a part of the 2015 roster. He signed with the program in 2014 but stayed in the area through the fall to continue rehabbing a compound leg injury sustained during his senior season.
Former Longview athlete Pete Robertson, Tenaha receiver Reginald Davis, Whitehouse quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Whitehouse receiver Dylan Cantrell are expected to play significant roles for the Red Raiders in the upcoming season. All have started at points for the team.
With the Andersons in the fold, Mineola appears to be in good early standing for a second consecutive deep run in the playoffs. The team returns major pieces along the offensive line and in the secondary to compliment a full return of the offensive backfield.
Austin Anderson and Riley Anderson have a lot of time to find their college football homes. They become eligible to sign with a program on Feb. 3, 2016, and should receive more attention with college-specific junior day visits and summer camps through the spring and summer months.
2016 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Austin Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-4, 280 – offers from North Texas, Northwestern, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa (5)
- Riley Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-5, 285 – offer from North Texas, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa (4)
- 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)