ATH Anderson Holds 5 Offers, Setting Visits

Gov. Thomas Johnson (Frederick, Md.) athlete Richie Anderson holds offers from Rutgers, East Carolina, Maryland, Boston College and Temple and is getting interest from Penn State, Virginia, Duke and others. He updated on his recruitment.

Richie Anderson already visited Virginia, Penn State, Maryland and East Carolina and in the next few weeks he will be at Temple, Duke and Rutgers.

And that doesn't even include a return visit to East Carolina and a possible trip to Boston College as the athlete from Gov. Thomas Johnson High (Frederick, Md.) looks to visit the schools that have offered and are showing strong interest.

"I'm going to be pretty busy," the 5-foot-11, 180-pound Anderson said. "I'm talking to a lot of schools that haven't offered yet but probably will. I'm taking it all in. It's really fun right now, especially going out to visit all these schools with my mom and dad."

Anderson plays running back, receiver and defensive back, and is being recruited for a number of positions.

"I'm a running back in my heart," he said. "I know I'm a runner and people are going to be able to see that my senior year with me being the featured tailback. But at the college level, I feel I can be a slot guy, or an all-purpose back.

"I don't have a position I like the most, but I like the ball in my hands and feel I can do a lot with the ball in my hands."

Anderson, whose dad (Richie Anderson played at Penn State) holds offers from Rutgers, Boston College, East Carolina, Maryland and Temple.

He is planning on a March 31 visit to Rutgers, which will be his first to Rutgers since he was offered earlier this month. Anderson doesn't know a lot about the program, but he was blown away by the facilities and campus when he was there each of the last two years while attending a 7-on-7 tournament.

"I didn't play much because I was a young guy, but I went with (a Maryland team) for the experience," Anderson said. "That was the first college I ever visited, and I came home to my dad and was saying, ‘This is where I want to go to school. It's the best thing I've ever seen.' I always liked the school because of that and I was up there two years back-to-back for the (7-on-7)."

Anderson is looking forward to meeting with the new Rutgers staff and getting to know coach Kyle Flood while on campus for one of the early Rutgers spring practices.

However, a place he knows well is Penn State, where his father starred before beginning a 12-year NFL career. The younger Anderson has been to Penn State numerous times.

"They recruited me heavily during the season and at the end of the season," Anderson said. "I went to their junior day and they told me they really haven't figured out what they want to offer me as, and where they would want me to play in their offense because I play so many things. I'm not sure (if they will offer).

"I love Penn State. I love the school. At the game I went to last year that was probably the best feeling I've had at a football game in my life."

Another school Anderson likes but is waiting to offer is Virginia, where he took in junior day and enjoyed listening to coach Mike London.

"There were a lot of Marylanders down there," Anderson said. "His staff, my gosh. Whew! They're very energetic, (London) especially. He's amazing. The energy he gave us when he was giving his speech, oh my gosh, he had people ready to commit right then and there. It was amazing, and (assistant) coach (Anthony) Poindexter gives off great vibes."

Anderson also has visited Maryland has a connection to the school.

"They were actually my first offer," he said. "They've always been around, and they'll always be around. That's my home state school. Coach (Randy) Edsall is revamping that whole program, and the recruiting class this year shows that. I think that shows the people and a lot of kids what he's going to do with the program."

Anderson's offseason visit schedule will continue this weekend at Temple, where his cousin, Tyree Foreman, is the running backs coach.

"I know a lot about Temple and he always told me to be patient and they'll (offer) and that their process is a little bit different than others. I like it, and the big thing about it is they play Penn State, which is my dad's school. That means a lot. I'd love to play Penn State just to have that feeling and being able to play in Beaver Stadium would mean a lot to me."

Anderson will visit Duke on March 24 before visiting Rutgers the next weekend. He is also looking at April visits to East Carolina and Boston College, both of which would be return trips.

"The coaching staff at ECU was just like a family atmosphere," he said. "I sat down with the offensive coordinator (Lincoln Riley) and he expressed his plans for me, where I fit into the offense. We went to watch some film and he showed me two spots he wants me to play on his offense.

"When they offered me, the head coach (Ruffin McNeill) gave me a hug and said he was very happy I came down and visited the school."

Boston College is recruiting Anderson to play receiver, he said.

Another key aspect of Anderson's recruitment is he has the ability to graduate early and enroll in December.

"I'm not 100 percent sure, but I want to play as a freshman," he said. "Being there for spring practice would be a big help."

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