Nihym Anderson

No. 1 OLB in New Jersey Nihym Anderson talks Big Ten, ACC offers and visits

Vineland (N.J.) High outside linebacker Nihym Anderson is adding Big Ten and ACC offers, and making visits.

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Vineland (N.J.) High outside linebacker Nihym Anderson saw a flurry of offers in the last 10 days, but he is staying low key about them.

So even as MinnesotaPittsburghSyracuseToledo and Rutgers show their interest levels by extending offers, the only school of the mix Anderson knows much about is in-state Rutgers, and only because he made a recent visit to campus.

"I didn't really do too much research on any of the schools because I don't want to let getting offers blow my head up," the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Anderson said. "I know they are there, but I act like they are not so I keep staying focused."

The message from the coaches at each school is simple.

"They tell me I'm a great player, and they love the way I play," Anderson said. "They want to see me hit somebody with their colors on."

Anderson will be at Pittsburgh this weekend, and Temple next week. He is yet to set a visit to Syracuse, and he is exploring the opportunity of making a trek to Minnesota.

For now, though, the only school he knows well is Rutgers. He attended a junior day there in late January.

"I got to see everything," he said. "Their meeting rooms, their weight room, the field, the locker room, the food court ...everything. Rutgers, I talk to them a lot."

Anderson speaks regularly with coach Chris Ash, defensive coordinator Jay Niemann and recruiting assistant Matt Hewitt.

"They want me to come there," he said. "They want me to try to get to spring practice, to another junior day, come see them work out."

He was on campus was more than two weeks ago, and there are a few things that stay with him the most from the visit.

"How much love the coaches show," Anderson said. "And walking through the tunnel (to the field) and thinking what it would be like with the crowd there."

The Syracuse offer came over the weekend, but it could have been earlier. Anderson was having phone issues -- the idea was to Facetime with the staff so he could be offered face-to-face -- so it had to wait.

So, what does Anderson know about the Orange?

"I know they play Clemson and Florida State," he said. "It was really exciting. It's a blessing."

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