Micah ‘Snacks’ Anderson signs with Central Florida

Micah “Snacks” Anderson, one of the state’s biggest linemen, signed with Central Florida this week – more than six weeks after signing day.

The 6-foot-4, 355-pounder from Stone Mountain High School will play defensive tackle at Central Florida.

“Central Florida is getting a great player,” Stone Mountain coach Dante Ferguson said. “He’s the strongest player on our team, and he is very athletic for his size. He’s a hard worker and a good kid. He’s a comedian with such a good personality. He will keep them laughing at UCF and will be a great teammate there.”

Happy ending for Micah "Snacks" Anderson. After being dropped by Western Kentucky, he was picked up by Central Florida (Special)

Happy ending for Micah "Snacks" Anderson. After being dropped by Western Kentucky, he was picked up by Central Florida (Special)

Enquiring minds want to know: What about the “Snacks” nickname? “It honestly came from my freshman year,” Anderson said. “I was extremely big [at 420 pounds] before I worked out and lost weight. ‘Snacks’ was the name my coach gave me, and it just stuck with me throughout the rest high school. That’s what everybody calls me now.”

Said Ferguson, “He has dropped a lot of weight, and he’ll drop more in college. He was at 420 pounds as a sophomore, and he was at 390 as a junior. This past season, he played at 360. Coach [George O’Leary] wants him at around 320-330 to play defensive tackle. He may be unstoppable at that weight.”

Last November, “Snacks” committed to Western Kentucky but the football scholarship offer was withdrawn in early January.

“Due to communication issues with Western Kentucky, I de-committed from them,” Anderson said. “When I called there, they would never answer … I really don’t know what happened. Maybe they wanted another kid? I was really disappointed in them.”

Said Ferguson, “A few weeks before signing day, Western Kentucky told me that they wanted  a lineman closer to home. That’s not a good deal for a kid who was committed to your school … not good at all. My thing is don’t offer a kid if you’re not 100-percent sure. I didn’t like that deal with Western Kentucky. But they lost out on a great player.”

Anderson caught the attention of Central Florida’s coaches after his film was emailed to numerous colleges by Stone Mountain assistant Jatavis Sanders. Central Florida brought in “Snacks” for an official visit last week and he signed the scholarship papers a couple of days later.

Stone Mountain has two other seniors who may sign D1 by the end of the summer. Both were overlooked because they didn’t really attend any junior camps:

Aaron Sibley, DB, 5-11, 170. Registered 104 tackles as a junior, can play corner or safety, and has met NCAA qualifying requirements. See video below.

Willie Parker, RB, 6-0, 207. DeKalb County’s second-leading rusher, gained more than 1,000 yards each of the last two years, and has meet NCAA academic standards. Click to watch video




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18 comments Add your comment


March 17th, 2012
3:43 pm

Bubba J.

March 17th, 2012
4:18 pm

Where was UGA at on this kid? We had extra scholarships available, and he looks like a perfect 3-4 nose tackle. Even if he’s not gonna start he would provide some depth. Oh well, good luck at UCF.

Frank Lane

March 17th, 2012
6:26 pm

WE have the scholarships. Why didn’t we (UGA) sign “Snacks?”


March 17th, 2012
7:16 pm

What about Parker and Sibley? Sounds like great young men that could do an outstanding job for UGA or Georgia Tech (on and off the field). Don’t let these guys end up playing for some other SEC school.


March 17th, 2012
7:40 pm

It’s truly puzzling that these two guys, Sibley and Parker, are not signed to a major college. What are these college recruiters, especially here in the South, looking for? They are great football players and even greater people. They come from great families who raised them right. I hope a college coach catches this blog and checks out their highlights….and make a move to get both of them.

A person SMART enough to know......

March 17th, 2012
7:55 pm

MC I told her I was saying WHAT the UGA people say when they don’t offer. I like UCF and O’Leary. The Kid will be at a HUGE school in a nice town. he should have fun.

Michael Carvell

March 17th, 2012
7:56 pm

@Smart, please no personal attacks on kids. That’s the second one in two days. I enjoy many of your other comments. Thanks. Email me at mcarvell@ajc.com if you wish to discuss further.


March 17th, 2012
7:56 pm

we didnt sign them because they wernt commited to anybody else and we couldnt flip them. we spent the last week of janurary and first of feb trying to flip other commits instead of ging after someone who might could help you this year.

Gorilla Biscuit

March 17th, 2012
8:50 pm

Always good to have a guy named “Snacks” on the team.


March 18th, 2012
6:58 am

From 420 down to 355? Sounds like he is a worker. He will enjoy playing for O’Leary.


March 18th, 2012
4:01 pm

Since UGA clearly needs depth in the secondary next year, why not take a shot at this kid?

Where are the parents?

March 19th, 2012
5:04 pm

420 pounds as a soph? That was VERY unhealthy. There should be more to helping this kid out than worrying about football at this time.

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March 20th, 2012
10:07 am

Why didn’t Tech recruit this kid?! They need size at nose tackle.


March 20th, 2012
11:11 am

GT could have used this kid at NT.

Vince Doodly

March 21st, 2012
1:51 pm

For a kid this size not to be the target of SEC schools must mean he has poor grades or test scores. Not that you have to be a rocket scientist by any means, but you do have to be able to make some minimums to get into most SEC schools.


March 22nd, 2012
12:03 pm

@ Vince Doodly

The kid has good grades and a good test score. The SEC dropped the ball on a kid right in their backyard. They are also missing out on William Parker and Aaron Sibley. Both have the test scores and the grades. Lazy recruiting.

Shimira Shelton

March 26th, 2012
7:04 pm

Micah Snacks Parents are excellent and very proud of there son.