Houston got some great news today, as former Ole Miss Deontay Anderson announced he would be transferring to become a Cougar. Anderson is from Manvel, Texas, just 30 minutes south of Houston, and will link up with former teammate and current Cougars quarterback D’Eriq King.
Anderson was a former four star recruit according to 247Sports, and the second best safety in the class of 2016. He was the eighth best recruit out of the state of Texas and 52nd overall recruit in his class.
Ole Miss allowed players like Anderson to transfer without penalty, and it came as somewhat of a surprise that he chose to come back home. Michigan was recruiting Anderson and his teammate, Shea Patterson to become Wolverines. Patterson is headed to Ann Arbor, but Anderson decided to rejoin his former high school teammate.
Garrett Davis will need a partner in the defensive backfield, and he might just get a star to join him. Anderson has 32 tackles and an interception in his freshman year with the Rebels, and could (probably should) win the starting job in 2018.
With their latest transfer, Houston could have three players who were four or five star recruits line up defensively next year. Isaiah Chambers transferred from TCU to the Cougars to be closer to family, and will play defensive end.
These two additions next year will give the Cougars two more weapons. The defensive line should be a strength next year with the addition of Chambers. Ed Oliver could have his best year if the line can carry their own weight in 2018. Anderson adds to a secondary that could return quite a few starters, but needs to improve. The Cougars allowed 268.1 yards per game through the air this season.
This is a huge win for Houston. Anderson had offers from bigger names, so the fact that the Cougars were able to get him to stay home is impressive. See, I told you 2018 would be better!