Anderson Understands What Glenville Is About

Cleveland Glenville senior star Latwan Anderson helped his team advance to the Ohio Division I state championship game by beating Massillon 31-17 last weekend. The Tarblooders will face Hilliard Davidson this Saturday at Fawcett Stadium in Canton for the title. Bill Greene caught up with Anderson to get his thoughts on the victory.

For the first time in school history Cleveland Glenville will be playing for the Ohio state championship in football. Glenville advanced to the title game, where they will play Hilliard Davidson, by beating Massillon 31-17 last Saturday.

The Tarblooders are loaded with future college football players, including senior star Latwan Anderson. Anderson is in his first season with Glenville after transferring from Lakewood St. Edward.

"This win was unbelievable and it's hard to realize we are actually headed to the championship game," Anderson admitted after the win over Massillon. "It means a lot to our coaches and to my teammates. We talked about impacting our city and our community, and I think we made a big impact on Cleveland tonight by winning this game."

Anderson admitted the transition to Glenville from Lakewood St. Edward was not easy and only recently has he been able to appreciate life as a Tarblooder.

"Now, I understand what playing at Glenville is all about and it hit me this past month," he said. "Coach [Ted] Ginn speaks to us all the time about how us winning games isn't really for our enjoyment, but it's for the people who played before us and for the younger kids who look up to the Glenville players."

Former Glenville and current Ohio State players Marcus Hall, Robert Rose, Ray Small and Bryant Browning were on hand to root for their former school last week, a fact that impressed Anderson.

"Seeing those guys standing with us on the sidelines shows me that we're not alone in this fight," he stated. "It's great having them with us. Before the game [teammate] Christian Bryant told the team that all we need are the people with us in the locker room, the coaches and our teammates. And when you see former players like that taking the time to come and be with us, it shows us that they are as big of a part of this than we are, maybe bigger. I'm starting to understand what it means to play for other people and not for personal glory. That's what Glenville football is all about."

Anderson also spoke about the pride of playing for Glenville and how the team is his extended family.

"It has really hit me lately how this is one big family, my family," Anderson explained. "We are more than a football team and more than a football program. We are a family. I credit our head coach, Ted Ginn, although I've never looked at him as a football coach. He is not our coach. Ted Ginn is our dad. That's the best way for me to explain what playing here is all about."

As one of the highest rated defensive backs in the country, Anderson has received scholarship offers from many of the top programs in the country.

"I'm going to announce my decision at the U.S. Army All-American game," he stated. "I have an official visit to Ohio State on December 12. I also have a lot of teams wanting me to visit and I need to figure out the five visits I will take, and I have two more left. I've already visited West Virginia and Michigan State."

He spoke about each of the three schools he will visit officially and admitted he is facing a tough decision.

"I really, really like West Virginia a lot," he said. "When I visited there I definitely made a connection with their coaching staff. As time has gone on I find I like them more and more. Michigan State was another place I visited and it is a good place. I got along well with the players and coaches. I'm not sure that Michigan State is the place I want to go, but we'll see how that goes. Ohio State is a place that I don't need to see anything more about the football part, because that's already taken care of. I want to see the academic side of Ohio State and how that relates to my situation. I'm being recruited by [assistant coach] Taver Johnson, and the last few weeks he and I have been speaking every Thursday and it's going really good."

Anderson is such a versatile athlete that his position at the next level has yet to be determined, as he could star on either side of the football.

"I've always thought I would be a safety in college but a lot of schools are talking about playing cornerback," Anderson explained. "I've also been told I might see some time on offense as a spot player, or as a kick returner. I'm willing to do whatever my team wants me to do."

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