Amad Anderson might not be the most well-known recruit out there yet. But that’s fine by him.
While his playing field at Staten Island (N.Y.) Curtis High School sits just a couple blocks away from the waterfront overlooking downtown Manhattan’s world-renowned skyline, it’s firmly tucked away in New York City’s southernmost borough.
But that didn’t stop Rutgers from reaching out to Anderson, who attended the Scarlet Knights’ spring practice in April. Soon enough, on May 12, he received the scholarship offer.
“It actually meant a lot to me and my family because as of football, who would expect an offer from Rutgers, a Big Ten school?” said Anderson, who received the offer from defensive backs coach Bill Busch. “So, that actually shows that my hard work and passion came of notice.
“When I go there, they give back to me and teach me knowledge and tell me about the school. So, from what I’ve heard and from what I’ve seen … I think it’s a good fit for me.”
A two-way athlete at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds, Anderson presents a sizable physical frame that still has time to fill out. Playing free safety on defense and wide receiver on offense, he detailed his approach on both sides of the ball.
“On offense, I can make plays happen and I can get coaches what they need when they need it,” he said. “And on defense … I’m an athlete. I can make plays happen, put the team in spots to win.”
With two remaining seasons spelling room for improvement, it’s only logical to expect that his offer list will increase. Anderson says he has been hearing from Boston College, Florida State, Notre Dame and North Carolina the most so far, generating ACC interest on top of his lone two offers from Rutgers and Syracuse.
As far as the next steps in his recruitment with the Scarlet Knights go, Anderson said he plans on attending “two or three” of Rutgers’ upcoming summer football camps.
That includes coach Chris Ash’s Tri-State Showcase on June 8 at Fairleigh Dickinson in Madison, leaving the door open for the remaining camps hosted by Rutgers in Piscataway the rest of the month.
But one of the most interesting aspects of his Rutgers recruitment lies within his ties to recent class of 2017 commit Tim Barrow. Anderson said he and Barrows share the same trainer, setting the level of familiarity between the local prospects from Staten Island.
But like Barrow — an athlete from Tottenville who chose Rutgers over an offer from Boston College, among others — Anderson feels he presents the same traits that characterize some of the rising recruits from their area.
“It shows that we have talent, but sometimes, it may go unnoticed,” Anderson said. “But as Timmy (Barrow) and I may feel, it feels good to get … recruited to a school, a Big Ten school and I know it feels good to me to get offered from Rutgers. So that honestly shows that Staten Island — we have talent, but we just have to put the work in to get noticed. It’s just not gonna happen. So, I’m very happy that Rutgers is actually looking elsewhere, New York City-wise.”