Rutgers needs plenty of help on special teams. Reinforcements in flipping the field could be on the way as soon as this weekend in the form of a seasoned leg with serious credentials.
After a Tuesday meeting with special teams coordinator Vince Okruch, graduate transfer Ryan Anderson is close to a finalized official visit for the weekend.
“In terms of a visit, it's looking like it's going to happen this weekend,” Anderson said. “I'm just waiting to hear about flights and hotel and things like that. I should know tomorrow. They talked to me about punting and they like the fact that I'm a little bit older as a grad transfer.”
Anderson, originally from DeWitt (Mich.), became a two-time All-American for Olivet (Mich.) College. After Rutgers set a Big Ten record for punts attempted in 2016, Anderson's 46.2 yards per punt could be a serious upgrade.
“I think experience is my strong suit with the fact that I've played college football,” he said. “I've been a first-team All-American for two years in a row. I kind of know what it's like kicking at the college level.”
Anderson does not yet have a scholarship offer from Rutgers, hopeful for one during an expected official visit this weekend.
“Coach Okruch is great,” Anderson said. “I met him and we talked today. He seems like a good guy that's really knowledgeable. As far as Rutgers, I'm doing my research. I like that it's a Big Ten school. Growing up in Michigan, I'm a Big Ten kid. I'm really excited about the opportunity and hope it all works out.”
Anderson's accomplishments 47 punts for an average of 46.2 yards in 2016. That led all Division III punters and ties for fourth in Division I. His accolades include Division III All-America honors, a spot as a CoSIDA Academic All-American with a 4.0 GPA and elite numbers as a high school athlete. Anderson caught 80 passes for 1,221 yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior at at DeWitt High school and averaged 21.1 points per game as an All-State basketball player.