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Homestead's Matt Anderson pledges to Air Force for college

Homestead's Matt Anderson, left, has committed to the Air Force Academy for college. (News-Sentinel file photo)
Homestead's Matt Anderson, left, has committed to the Air Force Academy for college. (News-Sentinel file photo)
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Safety will play for Coach Troy Calhoun and the Falcons

Thursday, January 19, 2017 06:32 pm

Homestead senior safety Matt Anderson took to Twitter on Thursday night to announce his intentions to attend the Air Force Academy and play football for the Falcons.

"I would like to thank God for blessing me with these great opportunities," said Anderson in a tweet. "Thank you to my parents and coaches for molding me into the man I am today. I would also like to thank all the schools and coaches who believed in me and have recruited me. With that being said, it's with great honor to announce that I have committed to THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY."

Anderson also held offers from Army, Illinois State, Indiana State and North Dakota. 

After an initial visit to Air Force last summer, the senior returned to Colorado Springs for his official visit last weekend. The trip solidified Anderson's desire to pledge to Coach Troy Calhoun, who will be in his 11th season at the helm in 2017.

This past season, Air Force finished with a 10-3 record following a 45-21 victory over Southern Alabama in the Arizona Bowl. 

"To play big-time ball and receive a world-renowned education is what I was looking for in a school," Anderson said. "Air Force plays in a great conference (Mountain West) and has the opportunity to compete in bowl games every year. The coaching staff has been by my side since the beginning of my recruitment and are first-class people who truly care about their players and winning football games.

"Their defensive scheme allows the safety to make plays and I'm excited for the opportunity to play early." 

A two-time member of The News-Sentinel All-Area Team, Anderson commanded the back end of the Homestead defense as a multi-season starter. In his final campaign for the Spartans last fall, the 6-foot-3, 185-pound senior amassed 61 tackles and a team-high four interceptions. 

Anderson said that he has been told he will have an opportunity to compete for early playing time at strong safety, a position left open following the graduation of NFL prospect Weston Steelhammer. 

Anderson has not yet decided on a major, but is leaning towards business or management. He is listed as a two-star prospect by 247sports, a national recruiting service. 




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