New Jersey No. 1 OLB Nihym Anderson details

Vineland (N.J.) High linebacker Nihym Anderson details his commitment to Maryland.

Nihym Anderson, the top outside linebacker in New Jersey, visited Maryland a few days ago and the feeling was like nothing else.

So, he thought about it, then thought a little more, and Thursday he committed to the Terps, who are now building momentum in South Jersey.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Anderson, who plays at Vineland (N.J.) High, joins class of 2017 signee Markquese Bell as South Jersey standouts to commit to Maryland. In addition, Anderson's teammate, athlete Isaih Pacheco, is being recruited by the Terps.

"When I got there," they made me feel like home," Anderson said. "There was nothing for me not to like there."

Anderson was recruited to play strongside linebacker. He has a strong relationship with linebackers coach Matt Barnes, and his belief in coach D.J. Durkin was key in his decision.

"Coach Barnes has just been talking to me, but it wasn't anything (to form the decision)," Anderson said. "It's a great feeling that (Durkin)  knows not just offense and not just defense. He knows a lot about the game."

Durkin and Barnes sold Anderson on a smooth transition into Maryland's defense.

"It's basically the same thing I am doing now," he said. "They kind of run the same defense. I will be the SAM linebacker."

Prior to making his decision, Anderson spoke to several people, including Bell, who is from Bridgeton (N.J.) High. However, Anderson added no one influenced his choice.

"No one rushed me," he said. "I talked to (Bell) about it and he told me it was a good spot, and he told me why he liked it. It feels great. I'm just excitd and finally felt it was time to pick a school. No one rushed me. No one was in my ear. This was my decision. This is what I wanted to do."

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