What did New Jersey's No. 1 linebacker see at in-state Rutgers on a Thursday visit?
Vineland (N.J.) three-star linebacker Nihym Anderson saw opportunities.
“I do see a chance to play early,” Anderson said. “... I observed the linebackers a little bit. I saw what they were doing, and I was just watching the defense and watching a few keys to see how I could possibly fit. We're similar in some of the staff that we do.”
With a Maryland visit likely next, Anderson's goal comes in building relationships with multiple coaching staffs. At Rutgers, Anderson spoke with head coach Chris Ash and defensive coordinator Jay Niemann.
“I like the way they coach,” Anderson said. “I like that coach Niemann is a straightforward guy. He's just a great coach.”
Before the Vineland group left campus, Ash delivered a message to Anderson.
“He kind of told me that if I were to come there, I would make a difference,” Anderson said. “I like that he's an outgoing coach. Not everyone is like that. He's going to coach you and he's going to challenge you.”
Rutgers has multiple offers and targets out of Vineland, including Anderson and running back Isaih Pacheco.
“I can't speak for everybody but I feel good about Rutgers,” Anderson said. “It's close to home. My family can come see me play. If there's an emergency, I can get back (home). It's a great group coaches there. Beautiful facilities. I like how they play some difficult teams. There's good competition, not just beating up on people. It's a dogfight every week.”