Mitchell High's Anderson heading to BYU

Mitchell senior Maguire Anderson will head to Brigham Young University this fall after excelling with the Mustangs.

TRINITY — One of Mitchell High School’s top players from the most memorable football season the school has ever had has now found a home at the next level.

Mitchell wide receiver Maguire Anderson announced this past week that he will be accepting a preferred walk-on scholarship to play at Brigham Young University, according to a tweet he put out. Anderson was a key cog in the Mustangs’ magical 2020 season in which Mitchell reached the Class 7A region final and narrowly lost to Orlando Edgewater.

Anderson, who was a transfer from Sunlake over the summer, immediately became one of the top targets for quarterback Ezra Brennan. Mitchell is now losing almost its entire skill positions group on offense, including Brennan, Ronnie Fiumara, Jonathan Fairbank, and Elijah Hadley. 

The wide receiver finished the season with 31 catches for 443 yards and 11 touchdowns, also adding 45 rushing yards. Mitchell finished the season 11-1 and Anderson continued to show out in the Pasco County East-West All-Star Game at Bishop McLaughlin. 

The preferred walk-on status is one way of landing on a college’s roster, with BYU being one university that finds plenty of starters via that route. The Cougars are an FBS Independent school and last season also finished with a record of 11-1. BYU ended up playing in the Boca Raton Bowl and defeated UCF 49-23.