Texas gets commitment from grad transfer Anderson

3/11/2018 3:00:26 PM EST

Offensive tackle Calvin Anderson has picked the Texas Longhorns as his graduate transfer destination after he wraps up his degree at Rice in May.

Anderson, a three-year starter, announced the decision in a tweet on Saturday. He'll join the Longhorns after he receives his Mathematical Economic Analysis degree on May 12.

Anderson caused a bit of a frenzy when he revealed his intentions to transfer in early January, but narrowed his options down to four schools -- Texas, Michigan, Oklahoma and Auburn.

The 6-foot-5, 302 lb Anderson will be a nice addition to a strong 2018 recruiting class for the Longhorns.

"It's good to be done with the recruiting process," Anderson said to SI.com on Saturday. "I narrowed it down to those four schools. I prayed on it and the spirit was leading me to Texas."

Anderson, who played high school football in Austin, Texas, says coming home wasn't a factor in his decision, but that new Longhorns offensive line coach Herb Hand was.

"It's cool that I get to do that but it really wasn't part of the decision-making process for me," he said of returning to Austin.

"Herb Hand coming to Texas was a large reason for me (choosing UT). Had he not come, circumstances might be different."

Anderson said Hand was previously recruiting him for Auburn, but that his pitch carried over to the Longhorns.

"From the beginning, he's talked very specifically about why he wants to coach me. He really sold me on why he thinks I'm a good player and on the things he can help coach me to get better at," Anderson explained to SI. "It was not as much of a recruiting pitch change as you might think. He said he can help fix my stance, get it more square, help me play with better pad level, teach me some technique things as far as double teams and stepping off the ball which will help me to maximize my ability to use my leverage."

--Field Level Media