A few recruiting classes ago, Maryland pulled star offensive tackle Damian Prince out of Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.). Now, the new Terps’ regime is attempting to land another Mustangs’ lineman.
Spencer Anderson may not be as touted as Prince was in high school, but he’s been on the UMD staff’s radar for quite some time and finally pulled the hometown look May 17. The 6-foot-5, 277-pound tackle said he received a text from Maryland-area recruiter Aazaar Abdul-Rahim, informing him the scholarship was on the table.
“I mean, I’m real excited about it. Coach Aazaar and Coach [Tyler] Bowen had been up to the school a lot, so I had a feeling it was coming. Then Coach Aazaar said he had some good news for me. I was overwhelmed. It’s the hometown, so it’s a good option for me,” said Anderson, who also holds verbals from Kentucky, Pitt, Wake Forest, ECU and BC. “The coaches there really seem like they want me. Coach Aazaar came up to practice like three time, and Coach Bowen came out and has been texting me nonstop too. Even [defensive line coach Jimmy] Brumbaugh has been on me and wants me for defensive tackle, but the offer was for offensive tackle.”
Anderson has been in College Park, Md., about three times in the last year. He was last in town for a spring practice and campus tour in April.
“The tour was pretty great, seeing all the new facilities they’re building and what they’re putting in place. It’s a real nice place to be, and it’s home,” Anderson said. “And the practice, it was good too. Coach Bowen I think is a great young coach and is all about getting guys better. All the coaches are like that; they’re about getting you ready for the next level. I like that about them.”
The hometown movement that those coaches have been preaching has hit home as well. Anderson said he’s had a sitdown with headman D.J. Durkin, who left the recruit impressed.
“I think [the DMV movement] is pretty great,” Anderson said. “They’re getting people to stay home and local guys are coming there already having formed a bond. It’s good for the culture of the team to have that bond coming in, and that’ll pay off on the field. It’s a great thing they have going.”
Naturally, Anderson and Abdul-Rahim have developed a rapport. The two have been in contact since February and have stayed in touch regularly since then -- even though the offer wasn’t on the table until May 17.
“Coach Aazaar is always texting me back and forth. He’s a real good guy and we’re pretty close,” Anderson said. “I called him after he told me about they offer, and he said they really want me there. He was asking me where I had Maryland on my board and then said I could be the next great lineman there. He told me Damian Prince went there and to follow him. So it was a pretty cool conversation.”
The latter raises the obvious question: Where exactly does Anderson have Maryland on his board?
“Definitely top five,” he said. “Definitely top five.”
Anderson isn’t sure exactly which other programs will comprise that upcoming top five favorites list, except one: Wake Forest. The Deacons, Anderson admitted, have been pressing harder for him than any other program. He’s also been to Winston Salem, N.C., before and wants to return.
“Definitely Wake is up there,” Anderson said. “I’m definitely getting back there this summer and for an official.”
The only other school Anderson has seen besides Wake and UMD is NC State. He’ll be getting to Kentucky either this summer or for an official during the fall.
“I’m probably not going to decide on a school until after my season,” said Anderson, who isn’t waiting on any offers in particular. “I want to take all my officials. I’ll be looking at things like the community on campus, how the coaches are and if the location and area fit me.”
Anderson mentioned that half his looks are for offense (Maryland, ECU and Wake) and half are for defense (Kentucky, Pitt and BC). He has no preference for position at the next level.