While the new interest and offers flow in, Amad Anderson remains heavily involved with one school that was there from the start.
Since it offered last May, Rutgers has been a top suitor for the No. 9 wide receiver in the East out of Staten Island (N.Y.) Curtis.
Anderson made his most recent visit to campus during the final week of spring camp, and he came away with his best Rutgers experience yet.
“It was probably the best visit I ever had at Rutgers because I actually interacted with the team, I actually spoke to and give information about myself to the coaches,” Anderson said. “We interacted more than ever before … when I would go there for a game or something like that, they wouldn’t really be able to talk to me because they would be in game mode.”
The 6-foot-1, 170-pound Anderson had in-depth interactions with Jerry Kill about the direction of the offensive scheme.
The newly hired offensive coordinator made it clear to Anderson that he is a priority recruit.
“During the spring practice, he was on the field,” Anderson said. “But after a while, I spoke to him and he was (saying) I’m the fit for the offense. Pretty much just going over how the plan for me is.”
When it comes to schools Anderson hears from the most, Rutgers is the first among many that come to mind.
“Schools that are talking to me the most — Rutgers, they try to get in contact with me every day,” Anderson said. “Maryland, they text me every day. The Wisconsin coach, he texts me here and there. The Wake Forest coach. Pretty much, all the schools, they try not to bug me, but they still have to recruit me, so it’s part of the process. Every school that offers me, they get in contact with me as a much as possible.”
Between basketball during the winter and track in the spring, Anderson stayed active.
The time commitments to the sports limited his ability to take visits in the spring, but schools took notice.
“Certain schools will come in, they watch me run for track practice,” said Anderson, who ran an 11.5-second split in the 4x100 relay at the Penn Relays. “They’ll call me and ask me how I’ve been doing at meets and stuff. I just came back from Penn (Relays) and I spoke to a couple of coaches. They were proud of what I ran.”
Anderson added offers from Wisconsin, Wake Forest and Maryland in the past week. More could be on the way, which is why he said he wants to take his time with his recruitment.
“Besides the offers that I have, the other schools that I’m hearing from are Pittsburgh, UConn, Temple, Vanderbilt, UCLA, Cincinnati, North Carolina and Virginia Tech,” Anderson said.