Texas A&M Offers Mineola Twin Offensive Lineman Austin + Riley Anderson
No two East Texas players have enjoyed a more active offseason in regard to recruiting than Mineola's Austin and Riley Anderson. And the madness continued Monday night.
The twin brothers each picked up an offer from Texas A&M -- their 22nd Division I FBS offer apiece, all coming since Feb. 3. They announced the news via their Twitter accounts.
The Mineola offensive linemen are second only to Nacogdoches safety Brandon Jones in number of scholarship opportunities within East Texas' 2016 recruiting class. Jones, who is consistently ranked among the top defensive backs in the country, leads the way with 38 offers.
Austin Anderson (6-4, 289) and Riley Anderson (6-5, 287), who went on a recruiting trip to Michigan over the weekend, are the fourth and fifth East Texans in the 2016 class with an offer from Texas A&M. The Aggies have also targeted Jones, Gilmer linebacker and Texas commit Demarco Boyd, along with Athens cornerback and A&M pledge Travon Fuller.
Texas A&M, which will be entering its fourth season competing in the SEC in the fall, has used the East Texas area to helped build some of the nation's top recruiting classes in recent years.
After signing Carthage defensive tackle Isaiah Golden in 2013, Texas A&M inked three East Texans the following year -- Longview defensive tackle Zaycoven Henderson, Lufkin receiver Jamal Jeffery, and Gilmer linebacker Josh Walker. The Aggies followed that up by signing five from the area in February -- Whitehouse safety Justin Dunning, Newton safety Roney Elam, Gladewater defensive tackle Daylon Mack, Lufkin guard Erik McCoy, and Sulphur Springs safety Larry Pryor.
Scout.com ranked Texas A&M's recruiting class sixth, seventh and 10th nationally, respectively, in each of the last three seasons.
The Aggies have experienced a smooth transition to the nation's premier conference, compiling a 28-11 record in their first three seasons in the SEC. Texas A&M has also won bowl games in four consecutive years for the first time in the program's history.
Head coach Kevin Sumlin, in his fourth season at the helm in College Station, guided the Aggies to an 8-5 season -- 3-5 in conference -- in 2014 that culminated in a 45-37 win over West Virginia in the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 29.
The Anderson twins were key components to a historic Mineola season a year ago. The Yellowjackets went 12-4 and reached the school's first-ever state championship game, a 70-40 loss to Cameron Yoe in the Class 3A Division I final at AT&T Stadium in Arlington on Dec. 18.
Running behind a solid line anchored by the Andersons, a predominantly young backfield amassed 4,465 rushing yards and 53 touchdowns in 16 games. Mineola's top two rushers -- quarterback Jeremiah Crawford and running back Chantz Perkins will each return for their junior seasons this fall.
With several other key pieces coming back, Mineola will carry similar expectations into 2015. The 'Jackets compete in District 8-3A Division I, along with Harmony, Jefferson, Quitman, Sabine, and White Oak.
The Andersons, like all 2016 college football prospects, will become eligible to sign with any program that offers them on Feb. 3, 2016.
2016 East Texas Football Players With Division I FBS Offers
- Austin Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-4, 289 – offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt (22)
- Riley Anderson, OL, Mineola, 6-5, 287 – offers from Arizona State, Arkansas State, Cincinnati, Houston, Illinois, Kansas State, Louisiana Tech, Michigan, Mississippi State, Missouri, North Texas, Northwestern, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, SMU, Southern Miss, TCU, Texas A&M, Texas State, Texas Tech, Tulsa, Vanderbilt (22)
- 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)
- Keenen Johnson, ATH, Alto, 6-1, 190 – offer from SMU (1)
- Brandon Jones, S, Nacogdoches, 6-0, 190 — offers from Alabama, Arizona State, Arkansas, Baylor, Boise State, California, 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, Oregon, Penn State, Purdue, SMU, Stanford, TCU, Tennessee, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Tulsa, UCLA, USC, Washington State (38)
- Braylon Jones, DT, John Tyler, 6-3, 285 – offers from Air Force, Army, Houston, Navy (4)
- Bronson Massie, DE/LB, Lufkin 6-3, 202 – offers from California, Colorado State, Louisiana Tech, Texas State (4)
- Cody Mitchell, TE, Jasper, 6-5, 225 — offers from Missouri, Texas State (2)
- Kendrick Rogers, WR, Frankston, 6-4, 185 — offers from Louisiana Tech, North Texas, SMU (3)
- Aphonso Thomas, RB, Van, 6-0, 190 — offers from Colorado State, Kansas (2)
- Andre Wiley Jr., OLB, Liberty-Eylau, 5-10, 170 – offers from Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech (2)