Talented Defender Hoping To Showcase Talent

Justin Anderson

This athletic defensive end from south Alabama talks recruiting and his recent Auburn summer camp experience.

Foley, Ala.--A player who performed well at Auburn's recent two-day football camp is defensive end Justin Anderson.

A 6-2, 225-pounder with 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash and surprising strength off the corner, Anderson is a standout for the Lions and is definitely a player to watch in 2008.

Coming into the weekend Anderson had several offers, but was hoping to impress the Auburn coaching staff enough to get an offer from the Tigers in addition to learning new skills on the football field. Back home following his two day camp, Anderson says it was definitely a learning experience for him to get to work with the Auburn staff.

"It was great," Anderson tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I got a lot of new techniques, a lot of skills and drills I've never done before. I got a lot of coaching tips I can use on Friday nights. It was a great experience.

"Coach (Terry) Price told me that I had a great camp," he adds. "Coach (James) Willis told me the same thing."

Working at both defensive end and linebacker over the course of the two days, Anderson showed his versatility, which is something coaches look for on the recruiting trail. That was evident in his junior year at Foley when Anderson was one of the leaders of a defensive unit that played in the shadows of teammate Julio Jones. Playing mostly defensive end, Anderson finished 2007 with more than 80 tackles and 16 sacks. He credits good coaching with making him what he is today.

"I guess my technique is probably my strength as a player," Anderson says. "My defensive line coach at my high school is a great coach. He teaches great technique."

His numbers and style of play have garnered him several scholarship offers to this point with Auburn also showing interest. Anderson says right now he's up to four offers and he's hoping to add to that list as the summer rolls on.

"I have offers from UAB, Louisiana-Lafayette, South Alabama, Northern Illinois," Anderson says. "I'm also hearing a lot from Auburn. There's not too many others right now besides that."

July 19 Anderson will travel to Tallahassee to camp at Florida State and the following day he will be in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's camp.

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