Vineland Senior (Vineland, N.J.) outside linebacker Nihym Anderson is picking up an offer per week, and most recently a verbal came in from Maryland Feb. 21. The 6-foot-2, 220 pounder’s head coach had been in contact with UMD area recruiter Anthony Tucker, who let on the Maryland staff wanted to extend the verbal.
“I actually haven’t talked to Coach Tucker in awhile, but my coach told me all about the Maryland offer. It’s another blessing and another great opportunity for me,” said Anderson, who holds offers from UMD, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Pitt, Boston College, Minnesota and Toledo. “Maryland’s in the Big Ten, which is a great conference, and I know they had a good year last year. I’m definitely getting down there to visit. I want to see what it’s like down there, and it’s only a couple hours from home, which is good.”
In the meantime, Anderson wants to begin building a rapport with Tucker. Then, he’ll begin hashing out dates for a potential trip to College Park, Md.
“I haven’t done a ton of research on Maryland yet, but I do know they got Markquese Bell from Bridgeton (N.J.) last year,” Anderson said. “I don’t know Markquese personally, but we played them our first game last year. It’s cool that a big-time guy from up [in Jersey] liked it down at Maryland and chose to go there.”
So far, Anderson has been able to visit hometown Rutgers, Temple and Pitt. Of those, he said the Panthers have his eye.
“I liked all the schools I’ve seen, but at Pitt I really like the weight room, the area and the facilities,” Anderson said. “I also really liked the coaches a lot. I don’t want to say any leaders yet, but I liked what I saw at Pitt.”
Next, Anderson will take in UConn Feb. 25, followed by Syracuse March 4. After that, he’ll see BC March 18 or 25 and then Minnesota April 14. He has others, such as Maryland, in mind too but hasn’t set up dates yet.
“I’d say all the schools that have offered me are on me and want me to visit,” Anderson said. “I’m talking to them all the same.”
The Vineland prospect said he has no offers in particular he’s looking for. He didn’t grow up a fan of any one school and said there’s not one locale he absolutely has to see.
“I’m grateful for any school that chooses to recruit me,” Anderson said. “I’ll look at all the offers I have.”
When Anderson embarks on these trips, he said the main things he’s looking for are how well he bonds with the coaches and a school’s academic reputation. He insisted early playing time opportunities, location and aesthetic factors aren’t a huge deal for him.
Anderson is coming off a season where he recorded 10 sacks on defense. He also played tight end and scored 11 touchdowns.
“But all my offers are for defense,” Anderson said. “I like offense and playing tight end, but all the colleges like me at linebacker.”