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AUSTIN — After signing a stellar class in 2018, Texas had one more rather large hole to fill before it embarks on the new season; a righteous left tackle.
Former Austin Westlake OL and Rice all-conference performer Calvin Anderson committed to Texas this evening. He chose the Longhorns over Michigan, OU, and Auburn.
He’ll join the Longhorns this summer after completing his final courses at Rice. The 6-foot-5, 300-pound tackle earned Honorable Mention All C-USA honors after starting all 12 games in 2016 and a preseason second team selection by Athlon and Phil Steele.
In 2016, Anderson was named Honorable Mention All C-USA by league coaches. Anderson was credited with 26 knockdowns and five pancake blocks, and made his 24th consecutive start vs. Stanford.
At Westlake High School, he was an All-Centex selection as a senior defensive end for coach Darren Allman after earning All-District 17-4A as a junior at Georgetown for coach Jason Dean as the Eagles reached the finals of the 4A D-I state title game against Denton Guyer. Anderson was an Area qualifier in the discus as a junior and finished fourth. – JW
How he fits at Texas: Anderson is a plus athlete for an OL who’s a tad undersized for battling premier defenders but tends to make up for it with good leverage and tenacity. On any scheme where he has double team help he’s burying a DL and any play design that sends him to the next level is murder on LBs. As a Big 12 tackle there’s little doubt that he’d be pretty strong in pass protection and potentially unleashed in Herman’s run scheme where he’d working with a big guard inside or a tight end outside that can quickly control a DL and allow him to climb up to linebackers where he excels due to his speed. – Ian Boyd
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