For quarterback/wide receiver Julien Anderson of Washington High School in Washington, Pennsylvania, the fact that he has not heard from Maryland about playing football is surprising. Anderson, listed at 6-feet and 172 pounds, has heard from a number of schools for his football services, including Rutgers, Ohio State, Ohio, and Kansas, and even a few inquiring about his baseball skills, like Virginia Tech.
The Terps have a lot to offer Anderson. He is looking for an experienced coach, a nice campus, and a place close to his Pennsylvania home. While the 256 miles that separate Anderson's Washington home from College Park are a relatively long drive through central Pennsylvania, Anderson's other choices are also at least hundreds of miles away. Maryland's head coach, Ralph Friedgen, is in his ninth year at the helm of the Terps, which gives him the experience Anderson is looking for.
The biggest factor is location because I'm really close with my family, said Anderson. I actually have family right outside of Maryland. I would look at Maryland if they sent something to me.
The longer Maryland waits to recruit Anderson, the further they are getting behind in the recruiting race. Anderson is already starting to visit schools.
I visited Rutgers last weekend (October 17th). I'm going to Ohio State this Saturday (October 24th), Anderson said. I'm really excited to see that school.
While Anderson isn't the biggest prospect in the Class of 2011, he would still offer the Terps a lot of versatility and a competitive desire to play in the ACC.
I would love to play some real good teams, Anderson said. It would be really great to play against some of the competition, especially in the ACC, since Virginia Tech was my favorite team growing up.
The Terps have a lot to offer that Julien Anderson likes. If they step in to the recruiting fray, Anderson could start getting very excited about visiting, and possibly playing for the University of Maryland.