MOORHEAD — Moorhead senior-to-be Seth Anderson announced Saturday he is headed to North Dakota State to play football after graduating from high school in 2020.
"It's close to home, just across the river, they got a good tradition and good coaches," Anderson said. "It felt like a good fit."
Anderson had offers from Northern Iowa, Northern Illinois, New Mexico State, Kansas, South Dakota State, North Dakota State, North Dakota, Wyoming and Buffalo. He was in contact with Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Colorado State, Rice, Nebraska, Central Michigan, Princeton, Minnesota State-Mankato and Bemidji State.
"He's an old school, throwback football player," Moorhead coach Kevin Feeney said. "He's a to-the-whistle type guy, he's a high-effort guy and he's a finisher. On the defensive side of the football, many high school football players want to play around people, but he plays through people. In college football you can't just run around people."
It was not too long ago that Anderson was a 180-pound sophomore. He was 220 pounds at the start of his junior season. As a junior, he played defensive end and guard on the offensive line, recording 75 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, one fumble recovery and 17 pancake blocks in 10 games.
Feeney sent video of Anderson playing to colleges in the Big Ten and Big 12, explaining Anderson was around 230 pounds in the video, but getting bigger. While Feeney was doing that, Anderson was growing. He's currently 6-foot-4, 270 pounds.
"My dad fed me protein shakes and I just lifted every day," Anderson said. "A growth spurt helped a lot."
Schools came out to take a look at Anderson and the offers came flowing in.
"A lot of letters, phone calls and texts," Anderson said. "It was fun, but it was getting long. A lot of phone calls every night. Good to get it over with."
Anderson said NDSU asked him which side of the line he preferred. He chose the defensive side. He'll play guard on the offensive line and tackle on the defensive side for Moorhead next season.
Feeney said Anderson moves better at 270 pounds than he did at 225.
"Usually when you get that much heavier, you don't move as well," Feeney said. "I think he's going to be successful on any side of the football. Early on he was finding out more people were interested in him on the offensive side of the football. As people watched most of his film and did workouts with him, people said he could play whatever side he wants."
Anderson never imagined he'd be playing college football. He's just a guy who doesn't say much and loves to hit people on the football field.
"It was my dream, but now it's real," Anderson said.