OWASSO — When Owasso standout Michael Anderson heads to Tulsa, he plans to have his hands full on the field and in the classroom.
Anderson, No. 12 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 recruiting rankings for the Class of 2015, verbally committed to the Golden Hurricane in early July. He also has scholarship offers from Air Force, Arkansas State, Harvard, New Mexico, and North Texas.
“School is No. 1 on my list,” Anderson said. “I love football, but with TU’s great academics, it was really a perfect choice for me.”
The 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end is every bit as talented with the books as he is a pass rusher. He scored a 29 on his ACT and boasts a 4.0 GPA. As a junior, he registered 93 tackles and five sacks for the Rams.
“I spent some time trying to decide whether I wanted to study chemical or petroleum engineering,” Anderson said. “Petroleum is a more centered around physics and math, which fits me, so I’m planning to go that direction. And it helps that Tulsa is one of the top schools in the country for it.
“As far as on the field, the coaches say they really like what I can do, and I think there’s a possibility for some early play time. So it’s just the right fit all around.”
He’ll arrive at Tulsa during a new age for the program. The Golden Hurricane will enter the American Athletic Conference this season.
“Going into the new conference with some good programs, that’s super exciting,” Anderson said. “They won’t really play a lot of cupcakes. I know they’ve got schools like Ohio State and Oklahoma scheduled in the future. That’s exciting to go into.”
Before making his way to Tulsa, Anderson has some unfinished business at the high school level against Tulsa-area rivals Jenks and Tulsa Union.
“Jenks, man, we should’ve had them in last year’s playoffs,” said Anderson, referring to Owasso’s 14-10 loss in the first round of the Class 6A playoffs. “This year, we’ve got them Week 3 and it’s going to be a different game. Within the district, I’d say we are most looking forward to Union. Those are two powerhouses on the east side, so it’s a chance to prove who is dominant in this area.”