Campus, Pac-10 possibilities sell Anderson on Stanford

By DARRYL MAXIE / dmaxie@ajc.com

If you’re going to uproot and re-plant yourself 2,500 miles away, you’d better be sure. Woodward Academy defensive end Henry Anderson is certain, and that’s why he committed to Stanford this week, choosing the Cardinal over Georgia Tech, Virginia, Michigan, Florida State and Clemson.

He was impressed by everything at Stanford — the campus, the alumni who give back to the school, the academics of course, and the passion of head coach Jim Harbaugh and the Cardinal assistants.

“Probably the No. 1 thing was the attitude of the coaches,” Anderson told the AJC. “They want to win more than anything else.”

Anderson, a 6-foot-6, 245-pound rising senior, quickly understood what had sold fellow Georgians Daunte Carr and Tai-ler Jones, both of Gainesville, on the Palo Alto, Calif., school.

“I think Tai-ler and Daunte were very amazed as I was by the campus, all the facilities, everything about California,” Anderson said.

Jones and his father impressed Anderson with a conversation they had with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice about Stanford. Rice is a political science professor at the school and was a provost there from 1993-99. Anderson seems to have the academic bonafides to hold his own at Stanford — a 4.1 grade-point average and a 31 on the ACT.

Almost getting a chance to play golf with LPGA star Michelle Wie, a Stanford student, impressed Anderson during one visit. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t about golf, or fancy buildings, or famous alumni like Nike founder Phil Knight and Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Ph.D students.

It was about football. Winning football. The thought of knocking off USC for a Pac-10 championship appeals to Anderson, especially since Stanford beat USC 24-23 in an October 2007 game — on the road, no less.

“I love the attitude of Coach Harbaugh and his staff — they’re all competitors,” Anderson said. “They wouldn’t be satisfied with finishing second or third, they want to be winning the Pac-10. If the ball bounces the right way, Stanford could win the Pac-10.”

19 comments Add your comment

FLJacket

July 8th, 2009
8:17 am

Stanford is a great school, good luck young man.

TampaGator

July 8th, 2009
8:25 am

My sister’s daughter graduated from Stanford…then Oxford (that’s in England Dawg fans). No better place for this kid to play football and continue his great academic achievements. See you in the NFL or hear about you in the board room.

dawgs

July 8th, 2009
8:46 am

i think he made a bad idea

Ali Akbar Allah

July 8th, 2009
8:48 am

He made a mistake, a degree from Georgia Tech is more better than Stanford.

Ali Akbar is stupid

July 8th, 2009
9:07 am

A degree from Georgia Tech would only be better if he want to be an engineer. This is coming from a gt student. Great choice and good luck. This kid future is bright no matter what. The pro or a great degree.

Nothing wrong with Stanford as...

July 8th, 2009
9:13 am

…a choice, but to say that the campus is nice is a little bit of a stretch. Granted, I have not been there since 1994, during the World Cup, when some of the games were played there, but I do remember that the campus was like a concrete jungle, at least the part I saw near the stadium. It was NOT picturesque at all. But, the future, if he gets his degree, will more than make up for that!

1eyedJack

July 8th, 2009
11:10 am

Oxford (that’s in England Dawg fans)? Isn’t that where UGA’s two Rhodes scholars will be attending?

WAEagles

July 8th, 2009
12:06 pm

Kinda reminds me of another standout defensive end from Woodward who went to Stanford…

Jon

July 8th, 2009
2:39 pm

“Nothing wrong with Stanford as …”

I don’t know what happened on your visit, but the last thing one could call Stanford is a concrete jungle. I think you missed out.

Garrett A

July 8th, 2009
4:10 pm

“but I do remember that the campus was like a concrete jungle”

i totally agree. GO Bears!

Seriously Garrett A?

July 8th, 2009
4:29 pm

Cal’s campus is terrible. It’s in the middle of a crappy city on the side of a hill.

gtfan1951

July 8th, 2009
4:34 pm

Win at Stanford once every 20 years! should have gone to tech and played for PJ if you wanted to win!

dawgs0

July 8th, 2009
5:23 pm

Stanford is widely considered as one of the most beautiful campuses in the country so I dont know what you are thinking Mr. “concrete jungle.”

AZ

July 8th, 2009
8:54 pm

phil knight went to oregon not stanford

Banana

July 8th, 2009
9:35 pm

AZ – Phil Knight indeed went to Animal House U for his undergraduate degree – but he got his MBA from the best business school in the country, Stanford Business School.

Stangrad

July 9th, 2009
3:41 am

Paddy

July 9th, 2009
8:03 am

CONCRETE JUNGLE…you must have made a wrong turn or visited the wrong University? You must have very high standards if Stanford is ugly to you? You must really hate Pepperdine U. because that to me is the most beautiful campus in the world, now that it was relocated. One man’s sh_t is another man’s ice cream.

stanford undergrad

July 9th, 2009
4:54 pm

@Nothing wrong with Stanford as… – the area around the stadium is a concrete jungle and kinda ugly, but the rest of the campus is positively gorgeous

@Ali Akbar is Stupid – I’m a mechanical engineering major and my experience has given me the impression that a Stanford engineering degree is highly respected in the engineering world, on par with MIT and a step above UCB, GT (not to say they aren’t great schools)

CardFan

July 9th, 2009
10:56 pm

Welcome, Anderson. Harbaugh is the man. Go Card!