Over the next five days, we will feature our picks of Southern Arizona's top preseason high school football players.
Our countdown continues today with Tucson's Elijah Anderson, a dynamic player who has a knack for getting into the end zone.
• The rundown: Elijah Anderson, ATH/DB, 5-11, 185, Tucson, senior
• Who he is: A game-changer with the ability to dominate in all three facets of the game. Anderson, a transfer from Santa Rita, adds another weapon to an up-tempo zone scheme offense and a ball-hawking, physical defender to its secondary. The Badgers will look to get the ball in Anderson's hands often. He's an explosive wide receiver who can turn a 5-yard out route into a 50-yard gain. Anderson has added 10 pounds of muscle due to a newfound commitment to the weight room. Tucson coach Justin Argraves said Anderson is a natural running back, because of his long strides and deceptive speed, but he will not hesitate to move him around on offense and defense. Anderson also said he's working on becoming a better teammate by being more accountable. He has drawn interest from Utah and NAU, along with several other schools, but he's focused on improving his GPA, which in turn will increase his offers.
• Proof he's good: As a wide receiver last season, Anderson caught 62 balls for 980 yards and nine touchdowns. Anderson was able to stretch defenses, averaging 15.8 yards per catch. On defense, he finished the year with five interceptions and six pass deflections. Anderson also accounted for 681 yards between kick, punt and interception returns. He returned two interceptions for TDs as well as a kick return and punt return. Anderson has been working on his quickness in the offseason and ran a 4.58-second 40-yard dash late last month.
• He said it: "He's one of those players as soon as you pop on the tape he stands out. He's aggressive, one of the few corners I can put in the press position. When he goes up, his receiver abilities take over. I think Elijah has potential to be one of the better corners in town. He's just as good, maybe even better, on that side of the field." - Argraves