Last spring I was able to watch RB Jaylen Anderson from Perry High School work out after school. Besides working hard with lifting, he also spent time encouraging his team mates. Liked his attitude.
After an impressive freshman year running the football, Jaylen did not have the sophomore year that he was expecting. Camps will be important for him this summer, but this fall will be huge.
He tore his meniscus last summer and tried to get back too soon. He played the first game of the season, but missed the next three. As he told me, he was really out of football playing shape going into the last six games and was never at his best. Although he did score 3 TD’s and rush for almost 120 yards against Orange High School.
The big schools are keeping him warm and showing a lot of interest, but are waiting to see how he begins the season. The summer camp season will be important, but the regular will give him the chance to prove himself. Only a junior, so has time.
Jaylen told me that he has been watching his weight and is now down to 205. Measures 6’0-205 now. Concerns me some, because he wants to get faster, but that may not be the way. He does have to get bigger/stronger/faster.
He kind of reminds me of LeVeon Bell at the same stage in high school. LeVeon had excellent vision and waited for the holes to open. He did not have great burst or speed between the tackles, but made big gains. Bell also broke tackles and could make defenders miss. Jaylen runs much the same way. But Jaylen works harder than LeVeon Bell.
Besides vision and balance, catches the ball out of the backfield and runs well after the catch. He just has a knack for following his blockers.
He needs to improve his speed and burst. Really needs 5th gear.
Jaylen credits his dad for providing guidance and giving him the “tough love” when needed.
Advice to a freshman is to work hard. Treat every day as a chance to get better. Don’t slack off. Work hard in the off season.
The best advice to prospects about football recruiting is right on. “Try to see through the sales people. Try to get thru the non-truths. Fun to meet coaches, but try not to get to pumped.” Jaylen will need to be patient.
If not playing in the NFL in 10 years, Jaylen wants to be working in some are of physical training or fitness. Wants to be working with a team in some way with physical training.
Jaylen has some early offers, like Duke, Nebraska, and Iowa State, but most are waiting to see how he bounces back from his knee injury of last summer. They want to see him at full strength.
For MSR, he needs to be stronger and faster.Like his work ethics. Like his leadership. A possible DB, but he is at best carrying the football. Should be one of the top MSR Rb’s in the Class of 2021.