Fort Pierce Westwood defensive lineman Demetris Anderson commits to UCF

Fort Pierce Westwood defensive lineman Demetris Anderson said he felt like UCF was "the perfect fit."

Anderson, a 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive tackle rated a three-star prospect by, told the Orlando Sentinel he committed the Knights Tuesday. He is the 15th commitment of UCF's 2011 recruiting class.

"I think it was just the right place to go," Anderson said. "I liked staying close to home and having my family get to watch me play. And I really liked the coaches."

UCF assistant coach Tim Salem was Anderson's primary recruiter. Anderson said he was impressed by Salem's energy and enthusiasm but was still considering offers from Wisconsin, Illinois and Bethune-Cookman.

He visited the UCF campus three weeks ago when his cousin was graduating.

"I really liked it," he said. "The facilities are nice, the coaches were nice and the players were nice. I just left feeling really good about UCF."

Westwood High coach Rodrick Lawson said he could tell the Knights' coaching staff made a great impression on Anderson throughout the recruiting process.

"Demetrius said that all along, he was very happy with UCF and the way they had treated him," Lawson said. "He felt good he left his meetings with the coaches, after any of the phone calls he had with any of the coaches. Going in and seeing the school during the summer, he seemed really happy with UCF."

Lawson, who took over at Westwood after coaching at Florida Air Academy, said he has been impressed by Anderson.

"Watching Demetrius play, he's got that great combination of size and speed," Lawson said. "His first step off the football is phenomenal. It's great to watch. It's an awesome sight to see him play. I'm excited about his senior year, and I'm excited about his future at UCF."

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