Latwan Anderson Opens Up

High school transfers can be a dicey process, especially when the student in question is also a highly recruited athlete. New Cleveland Glenville Tarblooder Latwan Anderson reveals what went into his decision to transfer, what his thoughts are about the recruiting process and when he feels Ohio State will be offering him a scholarship.

Latwan Anderson just wanted to make a good impression on his new teammates.

A recent addition to the Cleveland Glenville roll call, the former Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward standout was a part of the Tarblooders' state runner-up track team. Donning the predominantly black Glenville jerseys instead of the green and yellow of his former school, Anderson came home from the state meet with some newly acquired hardware.

In addition to being a part of Glenville's state champion 4x200 relay team, he took second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 21.71 and recorded a fifth-place finish with the 4x100 relay team.

But first on his list of goals throughout the season was a desire to make his fellow Tarblooders proud.

"It was tough at first to earn their respect," he told BuckeyeSports.com at the meet. "I just go to practice, work hard, show up to the meets and do what I need to do to help my team out. I feel like I earned that respect to be here at the state meet helping my team with a shot to win it all."

Although Glenville would come up just short in its quest for a 16th title, Anderson said he feels he has become a full-fledged member of the Tarblooder family. According to Anderson, the process took less than a week owing to the fact that he grew up with a number of the kids.

When selecting a high school, Anderson said he considered going to Glenville before deciding on St. Edward. The decision to finish his career as a Tarblooder was sped along when his previous school got rid of coach Scott Niedzwiecki – a move that both sides have faulted the other for. Anderson said Niedzwiecki was fired.

Now Anderson said Niedzwiecki has joined the staff at Glenville.

"It was only right for me to go to Glenville if I wanted to leave Ed's," he said. "At first I didn't really want to buy into (the attitude), but now I see why (the Glenville coaches) are here. They're here to help us make ourselves into better men. It's not just about sports. My coach always talks about life. He compares football and track to life situations, so I think it's real good that they're doing what they're doing.

"I feel like I'm not dropping a level. I still have a lot of colleges looking at me for track and football and at the same time I've still got a good shot of making it to college."

A four-star prospect, the 5-11, 190-pound Anderson is ranked as the No. 21 safety in the country by Scout.com. He has been timed at 4.29 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

Now playing for a Glenville program known for team speed, Anderson said he figures to add a position or two to his repertoire.

"As of right now I'm at safety because that's what I play and then some say corner," he said. "I'm not really sure. I hear a little bit about offense. I hear tailback thrown in there a lot, but I'm not sure."

After receiving a deluge of phone calls from college recruiters, Anderson said most coaches heeded his plea to let him focus on finishing out his track season. In all, Anderson said he is now up to a total of 36 scholarship offers.

Ohio State is not among them, but Anderson said he feels that will change in the coming weeks.

"They say they want to see me in camp," he said. "It doesn't bother me at all. I'm a top player in the country. This is my home state. They'll give me a shot once they see what I can do."

As a result, Anderson said he plans to camp in Columbus this month. Should the Buckeyes offer, "They would definitely be in my top five, being my home school and all, but I can't say that I would automatically say ‘I'm going to Ohio State.' They would definitely be in there."

For now, Anderson said he has a list of four top schools: West Virginia, Michigan State, Michigan and North Carolina with Miami (Fla.) hovering there as well. All have offered scholarships.

Glenville has a tradition of sending its top players to play for the Buckeyes, but Anderson cautioned against putting him in that same category.

"A lot of people say, like I hear Michigan fans say on message boards, ‘Oh, we don't have a shot anymore. If he goes to Glenville, he's going to Ohio State.' That's definitely not true," Anderson said. "If I think it's the best place for me, then I'll go, but if I feel that Michigan or somewhere else is better for me then I'll go there.

"I can't really say that I'm just another kid in that pipeline going to Ohio State."


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