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This past week Vineland (NJ) linebacker Nihym Anderson had a big thing happen in his athletic career.
The New Jersey athlete received his first college scholarship offer and it came from Pat Narduzzi and Pitt. This achievement was special to Anderson because of things that happened to him earlier in his life.
Back in 2006, Anderson tragically lost his father in a car accident. Then during his freshman season in high school, Anderson was suspended and removed from the Vineland football team.
It was then that Anderson realized that things needed to change.
“I went through some ups and downs, I had a lot going on. I hung around the wrong people. I finally got up one day and realized I had to grow up. I knew that if I really wanted to play football that I really had to put my mind to it and put myself in the right situations. I came to the realization that this is what I wanted to do, play college football and hopefully the NFL and that I needed to start doing the right things,” said Anderson.
Obviously, Anderson is doing the right things on and off the field. Aside from receiving Division one interest, Anderson has a 3.7 GPA in the classroom.
On the field, Anderson knows he’s getting this attention from schools because his top skill.
“I’m a blitzing linebacker. That’s my job to get to the quarterback. I get told that before every game, go get the quarterback.”
However, the offer from Pitt is very meaningful to Anderson and something he won’t ever forget.
“It means a lot because it’s my first one. I honestly didn’t think I’d get any offers until later on. This means a lot because everyone doesn’t get this opportunity so I’m blessed that someone had the faith in me and was kind enough to give me an offer,” said Anderson.
“My family is really happy. The probably didn’t think that I’d be here because I really didn’t know if I’d get to this point but I did. It’s going to be great because they won’t have to pay for my college education.”
Right after Pitt did, Chris Ash and Rutgers offered the hometown product as well. Anderson tells me that he’s also hearing from Virginia Tech, Temple, NC State and Maryland.
As far as Pitt goes, Anderson tells me that the 2 things he knows most about them are that they share facilities with the Pittsburgh Steelers and that they beat Clemson this year. He plans on doing some research and would like to make a visit to Pittsburgh in the spring.
Anderson now joins Andrew Chatfield (Florida), Kenny Bastida (Florida), Noah Taylor (Maryland), Chris Oats (Ohio) and Dallas Grant (Ohio) as uncommitted outside linebackers with offers from Pitt.