Lance Leipold did a bunch of late spring and early summer recruiting to bolster the University at Buffalo football roster for the 2016 season.
Freshman running back Theo Anderson of Largo, Fla., was the most high-profile addition. He’s the second three-star freshman back recruited by UB this year, joining Georgian Kamerion Pickett. UB was thin at running back after last season.
Leipold so far has added six players in all, five of them junior college transfers. That brings to 10 the total of junior college additions this recruiting class. It's expected UB will announce several more recruits who are eligible for this season when summer camp starts Aug. 7.
Here’s a run-down on the new additions:
X Anderson, RB: He’s a 5-foot-10, 210-pounder who got his qualifying college test scores late in his senior year. He was rated the No. 85 RB in the nation by 247Sports. (Pickett, one of the top signees in February, was rated No. 95.) Anderson had offers from Cincinnati, South Florida, Central Florida and Temple, among others.
“Some Power Five schools spoke very highly of him,” said Leipold. “He gives us a bigger back.”
X Wes Scott, DE: He’s a 6-4, 273-pound end from Mount San Antonio JC in California. He’s from Murrieta, Ca., southeast of Los Angeles. He had 10 sacks over the past two seasons.
X Tatum Slack, CB: A 5-11, 190-pounder who played one year at Coffey (Ca.) College and also hails from the L.A. area. He has three years of eligibility. He had four starts and two interceptions last season. He also reportedly had offers from Central Florida, Louisiana-Lafayette and Northern Colorado. He had been recruited out of high school by Washington State, Hawaii, Utah and Colorado State but qualified late in his senior year and those schools had moved on.
X Drew Anderson, QB: A 6-4 product of Pleasant Valley, Calif., he spent one year as a walk-on red-shirt at San Diego State, Then he transferred to Diablo Valley (Calif.) College and last year passed for 346 yards a game with 33 TDs and 15 interceptions. As a high school senior, he passed for 4,074 yards and 47 TDs and made all-league in football, basketball and baseball. UB needed a QB, too, after the April transfer of sophomore Chris Merchant to a Canadian college. UB now has four scholarship QBs. He joins UB as a sophomore.
"Walked on at San Diego State and had a good year," Leipold said. "He had an option of staying another year at junior college. He was maybe going to walk on at Oregon State but we were able to add him. I'm eager to see how he does."
X Brad Rowland, OG: At 6-4, 335, he brings the size Leipold likes to tackle and gives UB more insurance for injuries, which was needed. He has three years of eligibility.
X David Goldsby, OT. A 6-5 St. Louis native comes to UB after two seasons at Ellsworth (Iowa) CC.