ScoutTV presents clips of the Palo Alto (Calif.) defensive end and Stanford commit Kevin Anderson…
Anderson Is A Hometown Hero
Despite its presence in Palo Alto, Stanford has rarely drawn football recruits from in-town. But defensive end Kevin Anderson (6-4, 240) has changed all of that. Anderson committed to the hometown Cardinal on Saturday. "I went over on Saturday with my family and my high school coach and I committed to Coach (Jim) Harbaugh and Stanford," said Anderson. "My coach said there has been only one other player that he knew of that went from Paly (Palo Alto HS) to Stanford, and he was a walk on, so I would be the first scholarship player to go over there. That's a big deal I guess, considering they've been next to each other for 100 years or so." And Anderson's coach once coached Harbaugh. "My high school coach, Earl Hansen, coached Coach Harbaugh at Palo Alto," said Anderson. Historically speaking, it's a big deal, but Anderson knows it's also a big deal to play at a school like Stanford. Initially, he wanted to go through the recruiting process, but a trip to Junior Day last weekend changed everything for him. "I didn't know how high I ranked Stanford until I went there for Junior Day, but after going there, I didn't want to go anywhere else, and thought, why waste this opportunity," said Anderson. "Stanford has a rare combination of the type of football that they have- it will be a lot of fun playing in front of 50,000 people, but also the academics. It's one of the best schools in the nation. So you put the football and academics together and you have a great opportunity." The opportunity to play within walking distance from his home also didn't hurt. "My brother plays football at Yale but pretty much my whole family is in the Bay Area, so they can only make it to 1-2 games a year for him. Talking to some of the players, the one minor inconvenience is that they didn't get to go home very much. So for me, it's going to be awesome. I go to all the Stanford games already with my friends and family, so it's even cooler for them to come and watch me." And Anderson wants to recruit others to the school. "Living so close, I hope to help recruit other players for my recruiting class," said Anderson. Anderson said that in talking with defensive line coach Randy Hart, end is where he'll probably start out. "It's kind of up in the air but during spring practice, I've been watching the D-Line so I think I'll end up at end," said Anderson. "I want to gain a lot of muscle and keep my quickness and I'll just go in and do what they want me to do." Anderson is excited to play for head coach Jim Harbaugh. "Knowing he'd be there as a coach was a big reason I committed," said Anderson. "I'm really excited to play for Coach (Jim) Harbaugh and his staff." Academically, Anderson has a 3.8 GPA, a 3.5 based on how Stanford calculates it. He'll be taking the SAT on Saturday. As a junior, he was the 2009 SCVAL Defensive Lineman of the Year.
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