As the dominoes fall for the Rutgers football recruiting class of 2017, coach Chris Ash and his staff look to remain one step ahead of the game by continuing that momentum with the class of 2018.
Among the rising prospects in the younger pool is Amad Anderson, a versatile athlete from Staten Island (N.Y.) Curtis. After he returned to Rutgers for the Scarlet Knights’ 7-on-7 passing camp, Anderson recapped his latest visit.
“It was actually a great experience for me and a couple of the kids on my team with the competition and everything,” he said. “It was actually pretty fun at the end of the day, even though we didn’t make it that far in the playoffs.”
Anderson said Ash and the recruiting staff remain in contact, and made a face-to-face encounter at the passing camp an opportunity for the 6-foot-1, 170-pounder to showcase his athletic abilities in person on both sides of the ball.
“It was actually pretty good,” said Anderson, who plays wide receiver and defensive back. “Coach Ash hasn’t, like, focused on me in action (aside from watching the highlight tapes). So, it was good that he saw me make plays and put my team in a position to win coming to camp.”
Anderson is an early target among rising juniors. He remains a priority, saying the staff communicates with him often about his grades and how he feels about Rutgers as a school.
But beyond Rutgers, Anderson as interest from other programs. He holds verbal offers from the Scarlet Knights and Syracuse. More could be coming from the ACC and the Big 12 in the near future, he said.
“I have three more camps,” Anderson said. “I have the Deion Sanders camp up in Texas, (then) I’m going to West Virginia and North Carolina (for visits).”
He also attended a Penn State satellite camp recently at Hightstown (N.J.) The Peddie School. Anderson worked out at the camp at defensive back and has medium interest from the Nittany Lions.
“It’s actually pretty good because it’s seeing that all of the talent that we have in the (local area) is coming to notice and it’s not being unnoticed by Rutgers coaches,” he said. “And I actually appreciate the look that they have on New York City kids.”