Vineland Senior (N.J.) three-star linebacker Nihym Anderson committed to Maryland April 13. Check out our question-and-answer session with the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder below:
Terrapin Times: Nihym, we knew you liked Maryland after your first visit and had a good time on your second trip, but why did you choose to commit now?
Nihym Anderson: I just felt like I was ready. It was my decision. But, you know, I wasn't going to wait too long because I knew there was some other linebackers behind me that were just as good as me. I knew I wasn't the only one with a scholarship offer from Maryland. So, you know, I felt it was time. I didn't want my spot to get taken, because I did want to be at Maryland.
TT: Did the Maryland coaches try to push you, or did you determine that on your own?
NA: Nah, nothing like that. It's just something I observed and knew about. I know how the game works with recruiting.
TT: And who did you call when you committed and what was their reaction?
NA: I called Coach [Matt] Barnes first and then Coach [DJ] Durkin. At first, Coach Durkin asked me a question. He said, 'How did you feel about your last visit here?' And I told him I loved it and was ready to commit. And he said, 'OK, we're really excited about that and congratulations. You'll fit on great.' He said he was going to walk around with a smile all day.
TT: What was your relationship like with Coach Barnes and also your recruiter Coach Tucker?
NA: I liked them a whole lot. I've known Coach Barnes for awhile now and really bonded with him and some of the other coaches. Coach Barnes, I just felt like he's a great person and coach to play for. You know, he's just really smart and knows what he's doing. Coach Durkin is the same way. He's a great defensive mind and he knows the game really well.
TT: Did you know going into that second visit you were going to commit?
NA: I kind of knew I wanted to go to Maryland the first time I went there back in March. There's nothing I didn't like about them. I saw everything I wanted in a school there. They made me feel like home there. I loved the campus, the buildings, the facilities, and the academics. It all fit me, and football-wise it obviously did too.
TT: How do you feel about the defense and how do you fit in?
NA: I've seen them practice twice now, and I love how the defense works. We kind of run the same defense, and I've been playing that sort of fast-paced, attacking style for years now. I think I can fit in anywhere at Maryland. The coaches told me I could play all three of the linebacker spots.
TT: What did your family think of Maryland? I know your uncle and parents were down there with you before.
NA: They loved the Maryland coaches. They really thought they were good guys and I'd do well playing for them.
TT: I know you did want to visit some other schools like Pitt and Syracuse, and I know you were getting some big-time interest from like Ohio State and programs like that. Are you done with recruiting and visits? Or will you look around?
NA: I know for sure people will still recruit me. I don't know if it's going to be done, but I'm personally done. I'm not taking anymore visits. I was talking to Ohio State, but I made a commitment. Just like I made a commitment to Vineland and chose to stay there, I'm sticking with my choice.
TT: What do you bring to the table as a linebacker Nihym?
NA: I'm a great blitzer, I get off the ball well and I'm versatile. But I need to work on things, definitely. Everyone needs to work on something to get ready for the next level. There's a lot that I have to learn and get better at. It's up to the Maryland coaches what I need to work on.
TT: How did you develop as a player?
NA: I've been playing football for 11 years, since I was six years old. I grew up around here, learned the game around here and decided to go to Vineland. I've always, always been a linebacker, and I started on varsity as a freshman.
TT: Can you compare yourself to another player? Is there anyone you model yourself after?
NA: No, I don't do that. I don't compare myself to anyone. I'm my own player.
TT: Your coach told me you're an intense competitor, maybe the most intense he's ever coaches. Talk about that.
NA: I just love the game. Football is a game you can't play unless you love it. You can't just go out and play. You really have to love it. Football means everything to me, so I play every down like it's my last.
TT: What are your goals at Maryland?
NA: My goal is to continue doing what I'm doing and get better. I want to get to the highest level possible and get a great degree.