After watching the seniors sign their national letters of intent in February, Matthew Anderson was walking around the gym telling teammates that it is going to be them next year.
Anderson took the first step, announcing his commitment on Twitter to the University of Nebraska on Friday.
The offensive tackle had multiple offers but decided the culture and atmosphere of Lincoln was too much to pass up.
"I'm from Leesville and I claim that as being my place, but my family is all from up north – midwest and North Dakota regions," he said. "I've always been instilled with those values, and of course everywhere has good people, but up in that area, you can sense what it is all about. Not disrespecting anywhere else, but it's one of the best places I've been to.
"The coaching staff was so sincere there. There were so professional in everything they did, but yet very personal. They never crossed that line where it was too stiff or too relaxed. It was a perfect blend. Also, I just found out I was a three-star recruit, and they were recruiting me when I was no stars."
First-year head coach Scott Frost and his staff invited Anderson up to campus for an unofficial visit and Anderson committed on the second day.
"On the first day, every bone in body told me to commit," he said. "I slept on it, and I asked my dad if I could, and he said it was my choice. I slept and prayed on it, and decided lets do it."
Recruitment for Anderson picked up after going to an Under Armor camp where he was able to shine against some of the top recruits.
"I started getting offered by the small Division I schools, which was awesome, and I respect all the schools that offered me or followed me," Anderson said. "I'm just so blessed to be in the position that I am.
"If you would have asked me a year ago 'Matthew, are you going to be able to play Power 5 football on a full scholarship and be recruited this heavily?' I would have laughed."
Standing at 6-foot-7, Anderson says he was overlooked by opponents that thought he was just a tall, skinny guy.
"I went up against guys that gave me a run for my money, but I never had to compete as hard as I did against the guys at some of these camps that I went to this summer," he said. "To see the caliber of players I was going against and how I performed against them, I felt validated. "
The Wampus Cats rushed for 2,099 yards last year, and Anderson expects more behind a talented offensive line featuring college prospects Montae Lynch and Brett Pope this season.
"I want to win a title with my friends," Anderson said. "I think we have a very strong unit and we have the strongest offensive line in the state. There are other good teams, but I think we're top three, for sure."