Brooks School (Killen, Ala.) linebacker Colin Anderson has seen his stock rise exponentially during the evaluation period. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound three-star now has about 20 offers to date with the likes of Cal, Iowa, Mississippi State, Maryland, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, Illinois, Georgia Tech, NC State, UVA, Southern Miss and more extending verbals.
UMD was one of the more recent verbals Anderson posted May 13.
"Maryland actually offered me awhile ago, but I didn’t get around to posting it until now for whatever reason," laughed Anderson. "Coach [Anthony] Tucker, he's been talking to me and he's the one that let me know I had the offer. He's a cool guy and I like talking to him. What he's been telling me about Maryland, it's cool. It's a school I might check out."
Anderson has actually seen the Terps in action before. When he was on a visit to Iowa last year the Hawkeyes were playing UMD.
"So I got a little familiar with Maryland from that and they actually looked pretty good," Anderson said. "I liked the way they played and they kind of caught my eye. I'm interested in learning more about them."
Beyond the basics, Anderson doesn't know much about the Terps, however. He's more familiar with programs near his hometown and in the South.
Thus far the Alabama native has taken in Iowa, Vandy, Bama, UVA, Wake and Ole Miss. Of those, the Commodores may be ringing true, but a Tide offer would certainly change his thinking.
"But I'm looking to see a whole lot more schools in the summer," said Anderson, who mentioned coaches from Ole Miss, Bama, Mississippi State and Michigan have stopped by Killen. "If a program is interested in me, I'm interested in them. I feel like it's fair to try to give all the schools showing a lot of interest a look. I'm trying to get a schedule together now."
The only visits he has set in stone are a return to Iowa, a return to Vandy, Tennessee and Cal.
"My mom's side of the family is from Iowa and I'll be getting back there. I liked it there when I was there for a game," Anderson said. "And Vanderbilt, that’s a very good school and the academics definitely stand out. I took a trip there during spring break, and I want to get back to get more information. And Cal, just the reputation of that school academically, I want to check them out too."
Anderson said Wake is another program that grabbed his attention during a spring break visit. But he insisted he's not leaning towards any programs in particular and will keep an open mind.
"It's been an amazing experience so far, and a lot of colleges are going to see our spring scrimmage, and I’m excited for that to see who might offer then," Anderson said. "I’ve caught a lot of people’s attention, so we will see what happens."
Ideally, Anderson would like to have his school chosen by June or July. That said, with all the offers flowing in, he allowed he might have to delay things a bit.
"I have a lot of schools to see and a lot of coaches coming at me," Anderson said. "So I want to decide by like late spring or summer, but I might have to push it back. But we'll see; I would like to have a school before my senior year."