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New DE Commit Julian Anderson Felt Genuine Love from Pitt Football

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Pitt defensive end commit Julian Anderson

Julian Anderson woke up on Sunday feeling great. It was the first time he woke up as a Pitt Panther, and he was proud to be the latest representative of such a historic program. He’s following in the footsteps of legends like Aaron Donald, Larry Fitzgerald and so many others.

Tony Dorsett, too, of course. Dorsett, who led Pitt to a national title and earned the Heisman Trophy in 1976, actually has a connection to Anderson.

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“Tony Dorsett went to school with my grandma actually,” Anderson told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “They were in class together, and my grandma was an alumni, so it just means the world to me.”

Anderson — a 6-foot-5, 215-pound three-star defensive end who will spend a prep season at Blair Academy in New Jersey — is one of the five recruits to commit to Pitt over the weekend. He couldn’t leave without pledging himself to Pat Narduzzi and the Panthers.

“I just felt a genuine love,” Anderson said. “The energy and the family atmosphere that they bring, that was really important to me and my family in making a decision.”

He wouldn’t say that he went into the visit with the plan to commit to Pitt, but he said it was God’s plan for him to do so.

The visit went as expected, touring the city, spending a lot of time with the coaching staff and future teammates, etc. But Anderson felt the pull of the Panthers. It helped to have Sincere Edwards as his player host.

“He definitely played a big part in it, and he just gave me a real perspective, he was keeping it 100 the whole time,” Anderson said. “That’s just someone I want to play with, he’s definitely a dog on the field, someone that I can look up to that’s gonna be next to me. I’m ready to work with him.”

Edwards and Anderson both played football in the Orlando area growing up, and while they didn’t play on the same team back then, Anderson is looking forward to it now. He’s looking forward to being coached by Tim Daoust, too.

“Daoust is my guy,” Anderson said. “He’s just a truly loving guy, high energy; that’s just something I want to be around personally. He’s the type of guy who’s genuine, and that’s really important for me as a player. He knows you don’t run through a brick wall for someone that ain’t showing you that same love.”

Anderson did a little bit of everything for First Academy in Orlando, Fla. as a senior, serving as the leading receiver (51 receptions for 788 yards and 11 touchdowns) and leading pass rusher (45 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, seven forced fumbles and an interception).

With a long, athletic frame that should be able to pack on additional muscle, Anderson has a lot of intrigue as an edge rusher. He was perhaps the best athlete on the field at First Academy, on either side of the ball, and he looks like a good fit in the Panthers’ defense on either side of the defensive line.

“They play fast and physical, and it’s not thinking too much, we’re gonna attack you and we’re gonna hit,” Anderson said. “And you’re gonna have fun while you’re playing, that’s what this defense is about. It’s going full speed at all times.”

Anderson has one more season of high school football left, and he’s planning to put his head down, work and enroll early at Pitt over the winter.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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