C.J. Anderson has long dreamed of being a Golden Bear, and after two years at the local Oakland junior college, today he officially committed to California. Cal has their third running back of the 2011 recruiting class as Anderson joins Daniel Lasco and Brendon Bigelow. Anderson could potentially make the most immediate impact with the departure of Shane Vereen and the logjam at running back left behind him. Anderson picked Cal over Washington State, and running back coach Ron Gould was his primary recruiter. Jim McGill of Bear Insider has the story of his commitment after Anderson's visit this weekend.
Cal wanted Anderson to come in this spring, but some unfortunate academic technicalities (i.e. NCAA nonsense) will keep him away until at least summer workouts. He will have three years to play two. Weighing in at 5'9", 205 pounds, Anderson might be redshirted if he's not quite ready to contribute next fall. While not the most spectacular back we've ever had, he possesses a solid ability to produce plenty of rushing yards on carry after carry. Could he be a mini-J.J. Arrington, straight down to the junior college pedigree?
Here's a feature from OaklandNorth, where none other than Russell White praises his run ability. At one point he averaged eight yards per carry, best among all junior colleges in the state of California. He finished the season with 1545 rushing yards and 16 rushing touchdowns according to Bear Insider's recruiting profile.
Welcome to Cal, C.J. GO BEARS!
After the jump, highlight tape of Anderson's first two seasons at Laney.
#7 CJ Anderson, RB 2009 (via laneycollege)
#7 CJ Anderson, RB 2010 (via laneycollege)