Rutgers made Staten Island (N.Y.) Curtis 2018 receiver Amad Anderson feel like a priority with its actions last week on the high-school gridiron.
Less than 24 hours before the home-opener against Howard, the Scarlet Knights attended Anderson's Friday night game. Rutgers was in early with a verbal scholarship offer, and visited him as early as possible in September.
“[Defensive backs coach Bill] Busch was actually at the game,” Anderson said. “(Head) coach (Chris) Ash contacts me everyday, like every morning. And (wide receivers) coach (Jafar) Williams. They’re in contact with me.”
While Rutgers is on Anderson the hardest, he said he also hears from Missouri, Purdue and Temple. The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder currently holds early scholarship offers from Syracuse and Wagner.
“It’s actually a pretty good relationship, but they want me to get more involved with the Rutgers things,” Anderson said of the new staff. “They want me to come to the games and stuff more.”
Anderson was not the sole target for Busch during a visit to Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville High.
Anderson and Barrow share the same trainer, so their competition extends beyond the gridiron. On Friday, they faced off on it as Barrow covered Anderson wide at cornerback.
Anderson got the best of Barrow with a pair of touchdowns on a 54-yard screen and a 67-yard streak.
“It’s always great competing with Tim,” Anderson said. “He’s a great athlete. I’m a great athlete. So it’s like challenging me, I always challenge him. So it’s great to go up and compete with him.”
For now, Anderson said he wants to let his recruitment play out. But he does have a decision timeline in mind.
“I’m going to wear (the recruitment process) out,” he said. “I’m going to commit to whatever school I’m comfortable with before playoffs.”
On the field, Anderson led Curtis to a 44-16 victory over Tottenville.
“It shows that me and my guys worked hard all offseason and we wanted to get the trophy back to where it belongs,” Anderson said. “So we had to work for it. Nothing was given to us. We had to work very hard.”