Despite how much fun Holy Angels senior Jack Anderson was having during the recruiting process, and how much time he still had to make his decision, the two-year starter found a fit he liked, and he took it. With five different offers, Anderson committed not only to a program; he committed to a coaching staff and a community.
After the football season, the Stars' linebacker played on the basketball team and ran on the track team, but his primary focus was getting ready for his senior season on the football field.
“I spent most of my winter in the weight room trying to get myself and my teammates ready for next year,” Anderson said. “This summer I've been on a lot of visits and have done a lot of weight training.”
The recruiting journey was a ride Anderson enjoyed.
“It was a great experience,” Anderson said. “I had a lot of fun. It was kind of like a game. Once the first offer came in it was exciting. I got to see some different schools. I went to some states I had never been to. I loved every school I went to.”
Anderson was deciding between Western Illinois, Navy and South Dakota State. In the end, he decided to be a Leatherneck.
“Western went out of their way to know me as a person,” NFN's 14th ranked player from the 2018 class said. “They like to play my type of football which is hard-nosed, blue collar and downhill all the time. They have a great coaching staff and turn out good linebackers every year.”
Anderson said the Leathernecks' coaches liked his linear speed for his size but would like to see him become more fluid in his movements.
Another reason the linebacker liked Western Illinois was the opportunity to play multiple positions. The 3-4 base defense might have Anderson playing middle or outside linebacker, defensive end or even some fullback.
By the time Anderson gets on campus, the program will have graduated a lot of linebackers and will be looking for the young guys to step in and compete for starting spots.
A selling point for Anderson was the town Western Illinois calls home – Macomb.
“The town has a nice college town feel to it,” Anderson told NFN. “You can feel in the air that everyone comes to the football games in town. It is a big part of the culture, and I could tell everyone there are die hard Leatherneck fans.”
“I love the town,” Anderson continued. “I love the small town football feel, and I like their type of play.”
In the end, he found a place that – for Anderson – had the full package.