Sean Anderson
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MISSOULA — Sean Anderson was easy to spot on Saturday. 

Standing on the sideline at Washington-Grizzly Stadium for his official visit to Montana with his family, Anderson towered over everyone at 6-foot-8 and 310 pounds. 

"Going to that first game that I saw, people weren't lying when they said I'd be astonished," Anderson told 406mtsports.com in a phone call Tuesday evening. "It's super-loud in there. Everybody's excited. It was a really, really good environment."

Three days later, one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Arizona announced his verbal commitment to the University of Montana on Twitter.

"After my official visit to Missoula and The University of Montana, I would like to verbally commit to the GRIZ! I love everything about UofM and I'm excited to see what happens in the future," Anderson wrote in a photo attachment to his tweet. "I'm blessed to be in this position and I am thankful to my friends and family that have been with me for this journey. Can't wait to be part of the Griz family! GO GRIZ!" 

The Arizona Republic touts Anderson, of Verrado High School in Buckeye, Arizona, as the No. 38 recruit in the state regardless of position, saying, "Long arms, good feet, drives downfield well. Good motor. ... Could blow up ... by midway through his senior season with increased speed and size."

"It was everything I wanted," Anderson said. "Nice weather, nice people, a close brotherhood on the football team. Everybody I met there were really, really good people. Even if they were treating me like that because I was a recruit, I could tell, they're all good people there. That's what I want. I don't want to be somewhere where it's all me-based, all selfish-based. I wanted to go somewhere where they have a good brotherhood and everybody cares about each other."

The Montana coaches were another part of what stood out for Anderson. 

Defensive coordinator Jason Semore was Anderson's primary recruiter, and Anderson said Semore came down to Phoenix this past summer for a home visit. 

The way Montana head coach Bob Stitt approaches recruiting was something Anderson liked as well. 

"I got to talk to Coach Stitt with the infamous 60-question test," Anderson said. "That was great. I really liked that. I liked the judgment of character that happens. It's awesome having that."

Other than football, Anderson said he was excited to live somewhere where there's a plethora of outdoor activities. 

"Personally, I love places that have forests, hunting, fishing, camping. I love places like that," Anderson said. "I've always wanted to live in a place like that."

And with that comes cooler weather. 

"I live in Arizona, so it's 120 degrees in the summer and I'm so excited to get somewhere where I have to wear a jacket, to be honest," Anderson said, laughing. "It's great. I love that kind of stuff. You can always pile on more clothes."

Anderson said that Montana was his only Division I offer thus far. The initial offer came in May. 

In addition to fooball, Anderson said he's interested in majoring in something related to either business or marketing, but he hasn't decided on a specific area yet. 

Anderson is the 11th verbal commit in Montana's class of 2018 and is UM's third out-of-state commit. 

Other verbal commits in Montana's 2018 class include: Loyola Sacred Heart's David Koppang, Kalispell Glacier's Jackson Pepe and Drew Turner, Eureka's Garrett Graves, Helena Capital's Conor Quick, Billings Senior's Gabe Sulser, Missoula Sentinel's Nick Germer, Valier's Colten CurryNash Fouch of Woodinville, Washington, and Matthew Robinson of San Juan Capistrano, California.

Amie Just covers Griz football for the Missoulian, among other things. Follow her on Twitter @Amie_Just or email her at Amie.Just@406mtsports.com.

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