Anderson Verbal Keeps Rockford Pipeline Flowing

Bryan Anderson

Wide Receiver Bryan Anderson of Rockford (Mich.) High School was the first player of the 2005 recruiting class to make a verbal commitment to Central Michigan University when he pledged the Chippewas June 29. Anderson talked about his decision recently with Chippewas Insider.

Central Michigan running back Jerry Seymour's run to daylight this fall will depend largely on the efforts of starting offensive tackles Adam Kieft and Joe Staley.

Those two standout linemen are products of Rockford High School, one of the finest prep football programs in the state of Michigan.

Rockford head coach Ralph Munger is very proud of what Kieft and Staley have accomplished at CMU. Munger is also happy for his star wide receiver Bryan Anderson, who once wrote a paper in grammar school about his goal of playing Division I-A college football.

That goal was attained June 29 when Anderson made a verbal commitment to play for the Chippewas.

"Anytime we can send a quality player to CMU I'm happy," Munger said. "CMU had a good feeling early about Bryan and beat a lot of the other teams to the punch, just like Staley and Kieft."

Last season, the 6-foot-5 Anderson caught 19 passes for 248 yards and three touchdowns in leading Rockford to an 8-3 record. He was also the Rams fourth leading tackler and intercepted three passes from his safety position.

Anderson, who has been clocked at 4.54 in the 40, attended camps this summer at Michigan, Purdue, Toledo and CMU. It was a chance meeting with Staley at CMU that might have sealed the deal on Anderson becoming a Chippewa though.

"I saw Joe at the bookstore and he told me CMU is going places, that they were going to compete for MAC titles," Anderson said. "(CMU head) coach (Brian) Kelly offered me a scholarship in the morning and I called back that night after talking it over with my parents and committed to CMU.

"I was looking at all the MAC schools, but I just felt CMU's (spread) offense fits me best," Anderson added. "Coach Kelly likes my size and speed as a backside receiver against one-on-one coverage."

That position could provide an immediate opportunity for Anderson next season with the graduation of senior Jovan Witherspoon.

"The coaches told me I'd be able to compete for playing time my first year at that position," Anderson said.

In the eyes of Munger, Anderson's best football is ahead of him.

"Bryan continues to blossom athletically and physically," Munger said. "He's worked hard on improving his speed.

"Bryan is a really motivated young man who has an absolute passion for playing football," Munger added. "He's just a tremendous individual who's all about the team."

Munger is counting on Anderson to help lead the Rams this fall in the very competitive O-K Red Metro Conference. The conference includes such powerhouse teams as East Kentwood, Jenison and Grandville, a pre-season top 25 nationally ranked team.

"He doesn't want to go out of Rockford with anything less than a great year," Munger said.

"The O-K Red Metro is basically like competing at a small college level," Anderson said. "My goal this year is for my team to win the conference and make it to the (Silver)dome."

And when Anderson arrives at CMU a year from now, he will have at least one student of arch-rival Western Michigan University rooting for him.

"My sister goes to WMU, but she's not into sports," Anderson said. "She's real happy for me and my decision to play football for CMU."

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