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2011 Recruit Spotlight: Defensive Tackle Marquis Anderson


One of Oklahoma's "struggles" on defense in 2010 was the middle of the defensive line. One of the issues there was defensive tackle Adrian Taylor not ever getting 100% healthy. Another was lack of experience in the new rotation and a third was lack of depth in the middle. At least with that third issue an answer is coming in Cibolo, Texas defensive tackle Marquis Anderson. 

Anderson collected 10 other scholarship offers, in addition to Oklahoma's, including Big 12 opponents Baylor, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech. He's a four star recruit according to Rivals who also has him ranked as the nation's 8th best defensive tackle prospect and the 15th best football prospect in the state of Texas.

At 6-3/280 Anderson helped lead his team to the 2010 5A Division II State Championship by averaging 4.2 tackles per game. He has the body type plus the speed and agility to play either the defensive tackle or defensive end positions but is most likely be heading to the middle of Oklahoma's line. His speed and lateral movement will both help him pursue running backs from sideline to sideline as well as become an aggressive pass rusher from the middle. 

Jackie Shipp took the lead on recruiting Anderson who committed to the Sooners in May of 2010.