Vineland Senior-south (Vineland, N.J.) outside linebacker Nihym Anderson had already seen most of the Northeast schools that have offered him, but on March 11 he made his way south for a look at Maryland. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder said his first look at Maryland “really caught my eye.”
“I actually really liked it there,” said Anderson, who has offers from UMD, Boston College, Rutgers, Syracuse, Temple, Pitt, Indiana and Minnesota. “I liked pretty much everything I saw there. It’s a good program, it’s good coaches and a great environment. I’d say Maryland is in the top three of schools I’ve seen that caught my eye.”
The majority of Anderson’s stay was consumed by watching the Terps practice. It was the team’s start of spring ball, so the recruit said there was plenty of energy.
“I noticed it was really fast and everything was smooth and well run. Everybody in the individual groups were working hard,” Anderson said. “I didn’t really get a chance to watch the linebackers because they were in a different spot from where I was standing, but I saw some of them and got to see Coach [Matt] Barnes. It was a good practice and I enjoyed it.”
Anderson mentioned he spoke to most of the Maryland staff after practice. He spent the most time chatting up the linebackers coach Barnes, while he had an extended talk with head coach D.J. Durkin as well.
“Coach Barnes and I had a nice talk,” Anderson said. “Basically he said they run the same base defense as we do at Vineland, and I’d fit perfect because I already do stuff they teach their players now. I’d only get better from playing at Maryland. He made some great points and I’m thinking about it.
“Then Coach Durkin, he really wants me at Maryland and thinks I’d be a great fit too. He’s a defensive guy and he knows defense well, so it means a lot that he thinks I’d be really good there. It was a great message.”
In addition to chatting up the coaches and watching practice, Anderson had a chance to see the player dorms as well.
“They were real nice,” he said. “Everyone has their own room and bathroom. It’s nice. Plus you’re living with four other guys, so you can really bond with your teammates.”
Anderson said he might return to Maryland for a game during the fall. In the meantime, he’s set to see Boston College March 19. He’s already taken in Rutgers, Pitt, Syracuse, UMD, Uconn and Temple.
“Honestly, I want to see all the schools that have offered me,” Anderson said. “I want to see what each of them has and then go from there.”
The Jersey recruit mentioned he’s likely going to take his time evaluating his options. He doesn’t plan on committing until after his senior season.