Chasing a title makes it tough
offers heading into his senior season, had a difficult college decision to make as he continued to pick up more offers.
The toughest call was whether to wait on more offers after the early-signing day or wait to see what the fallout was afterward. It’s risky to wait because 247Sports.com estimates up to 85% of Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship spots are claimed during the early-signing period, leaving few spots for unsigned talent during the regular signing period in February.
There was no time, however, for Anderton to go on official visits to schools making late offers with his high school team preparing for the state-title run. All Anderton could do was hope college coaches could wait until the February signing period as he planned his official visits.
David’s father, Scott Anderton, talked about the frustration of the experience, which they are still trying to get a handle on as the new year hovers.
“Yeah, we had a couple of things lined up for official visits, but we kept winning,” Scott Anderton said. “That’s when he started asking some of the schools he had offers from if they wanted him to sign early or if he could wait and sign later.
“He was asking them if they were putting pressure on him to sign early, but they all said, ‘No, we can wait. We’re going to probably get 60 or 70% of our class, but we’re going to have some flexibility beyond the early signing day.’ ”
So even though Anderton has the scholarship offers on the table from schools like Pittsburgh and Middle Tennessee, and then possibly offers coming from others like Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Syracuse, it didn’t make the situation any less stressful.
The longer he waits to make a decision, the more trust is involved in the equation.
“I don’t like it at all, to be perfectly honest with you,” Scott Anderton said. “It’s been weird because we were trying to get ready to win [a state title] and we didn’t want to make it all about David. It just kind of happened that way and I don’t know if it’s a wise decision to wait, it’s our first and only time going through it.
“He could have signed with Pitt early, but then he’s taking all of these other teams off the table. Right now, he’s kind of a bubble guy with the Power 5 schools, and so he doesn’t have bonafide offers. Then the problem is that he hasn’t taking any officials.”
Anderson and Moore, on the other hand, had no FBS offers heading into the season. At 6-foot, 305 pounds, Moore was too short, said most recruiters, while Anderson (6-3, 320) was shifting to the other side of the ball after primarily being an offensive lineman during his first three years of high school. Both needed more film to show what they could do.
Anderson did say, however, he didn’t believe the extended season hindered his process. His take is five more games may have helped him.
“Nah, I don’t think so because the schools all respected our decisions not to go on visits,” Anderson said. “I did think that during all of December I would take my visits, but it didn’t hinder anything. It probably helped be because I probably would have signed [early], but more schools have been contacting me … a lot more schools.”
So the playoffs have helped Anderson and Moore.
“In the playoffs, I was able to showcase what I’ve been doing all year versus better talent, and we played good teams in the regular season like Edgewater and Apopka,” Anderson said. “But it’s better when you can show what you can do against like Wakulla, an undefeated team, or [Miami] Northwestern, the state champs … playing against extra competition with D-1 kids. It just shows you can play against the cream of the crop.
“One recruiter told me a lot of schools will be contacting me now because they missed out on some guys during the early-signing period.”
The players have faith it will work it out and they will sign during the second signing period, which begins Feb. 5. Until then, they will squeeze in their official visits and make the best choice possible.
Edgewater High’s David Anderton is scheduling official visits after the state playoffs made it impossible to do so ahead of the early-signing period.