After week one, Grand Blanc High School is in good position to make a playoff push in 2016. Brett Anderson, a senior cornerback who is committed to Ball State, helped the Bobcats to a 49-25 victory last week but only contributed to the team in the first half due to injury.
“I played the first half, but then I got injured because I pulled a muscle in my pectoral,” Anderson told Today’s U. “I had an interception and five solo [tackles] in just the first half, so I had a pretty decent first half. They didn’t need me in the second.”
Even in limited work, Anderson showed why he holds offers from programs such as Colgate, Columbia, Eastern Michigan and Lehigh in addition to his scholarship from Ball State. He broke quickly on the ball, was effective in run support, broke up several passes and even picked one off.
“It’s really day-by-day,” he said of his injured chest. “Some days I feel really good, and some days it will start hurting again. I plan to play next Thursday.”
With Anderson in the fold, Ball State has the No. 6 recruiting class in the MAC for the 2017 cycle, according to 247Sports.com. He touched on why he felt the need to commit to Ball State back in June, well before the launch of his senior season.
“It really was just like a family,” Anderson said. “I was in a group chat with a lot of the other commits, and we have a pretty close bond already. I visited the school a few times and I love the coaching staff. They are so nice and genuine, and they really want to start building stuff. I felt welcomed there.”
Since pledging to the Cardinals’ programs several months ago, Anderson has had some time to build a relationship with the other recruits who will populate his future defensive back meeting room.
“Probably some of the defensive back commits, like Myles Hannah and Bryce Cosby and all of them,” Anderson said. “We have all been pretty close with Coach [Chevis] Jackson. He always asks us how we are doing.”
These players will help to push Anderson at the next level, a strategy that he feels will result in an elevation of his play due to the rising level of competition.
“I just hope to make an early impact and hope to get on the field and get some playing time,” he said. “I have a lot of talented people around me, but I’ve never not played so I plan on keeping it that way. I’m just going to keep pushing forward, and having some talent around me should help.”
To help secure his future as an early contributor in college, Anderson worked to take his game to a higher level over the offseason. With one interception in one half of a game played so far, he is seeing the fruits of his labor.
“I was trying to mentally get where I need to be and as a leader,” he said. “As a defensive back, it’s a lot of mental stuff and discipline and technique with your eyes and stuff, so I was working on that. I think there’s always room to improve, but I think in my first game I did what I planned on doing.”
Click here to see highlights from Anderson’s week one performance against Flint (Michigan) Carman Ainsworth High School.