I'm a BYU guy. It took me awhile to realize it, but everything about the program fits me as a player and as a person. —Zayne Anderson
TOOELE — Stansbury High's Zayne Anderson committed to sign with BYU Tuesday night during an in-home visit with Cougar coaches Bronco Mendenhall and Nick Howell. Anderson is a 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety recruit who had previously committed to Utah State roughly one year prior to committing to the Cougars.
The night before he received his in-home visit, Anderson made what he termed "the most difficult phone call of my life," in informing Aggie coach Matt Wells that he was de-committing.
"I have a lot of respect for Utah State, and I felt like I could have done well there, but at the end of the day I had to do what was best for me," Anderson said. "Coach Wells was classy about it, but was obviously disappointed."
BYU started recruiting Anderson earnestly shortly after he committed to Utah State, and offered him a scholarship last spring. Since that time Cougar coaches have spent a lot of time recruiting the Stansbury product, which ultimately worked to their benefit.
"They've been in constant contact and I've really developed good relationships with the coaches — especially Coach (Kelly) Poppinga and Coach (Nick) Howell," Anderson said. "I love how enthusiastic they are and how much they care about their players."
Anderson also felt at home with BYU players and began to see himself as a perfect fit for BYU's unique program.
"I'm a BYU guy. It took me awhile to realize it, but everything about the program fits me as a player and as a person," Anderson said. "I'm excited to play for a program that fits me so well and has coaches and players there that have the same goals I do."
Anderson says he was receiving a lot of attention from Utah coaches during the recruiting process, but was yet to receive an offer.
"I like Utah a lot, but I couldn't wait around," he said. "And after I made up my mind on BYU I felt there wasn't any reason to wait for anything else."
Anderson is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has plans to serve a mission. When he'll serve has yet to be determined, although coaches prefer he play a semester before leaving.
When he joins the program he'll likely compete for a spot at strong safety, the same position as Daniel Sorensen, Andrew Rich and other prominent former players.
"Coach Mendenhall told me on the visit that I reminded him of Daniel Sorensen, which is a huge compliment," Anderson said. "Hopefully I can work hard and become a player like that while I'm there. I'm excited and also extremely grateful for the opportunity."
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