Rutgers head football coach Chris Ash can tell you how hard it is to attract talent to a seemingly inadequate football program. He can also tell you that no matter how hard it may be, it is possible.
On Sunday, Amad Anderson of Staten Island brought that notion to life with a commitment to Rutgers. The wide receiver entertained offers from big-name schools such as Wisconsin, Boston College, and Maryland before making his final decision. Rutgers has now acquired 16 commits for the 2018 year, bringing needed strength in numbers to the program.
IM OFFICIALLY COMMITTED TO RUTGERS UNIVERSITY 💪🏽❤⚔️🛡— thexhosen1🥇 (@A1_aboogie) August 7, 2017
During his time at Curtis HS, the 5-foot-11, 180-pound receiver was able to rack up 1,869 yards receiving, adding an impressive 27 touchdowns through the air. The dual-threat also rushed for 314 yards on 26 carries (averaging 12.1 yards per carry). He provided the team with a multifaceted weapon, returning punts and kicks while also playing safety on defense. Anderson took his team to the 2016 PSAL City Conference football title, leading Curtis to victory with a game winning touchdown reception.
On tape, Anderson shows off his big play ability, plucking balls out of the air single handedly and hurdling defenders. When he takes the ball on jet motion he demonstrates his speed turning the corner. It seems as if every deep ball is caught at least five yards past the defensive backs as Anderson is able to blow past them. Though most of his highlights come from the offensive side of the ball, his talent at safety should not be slept on. Anderson can lay the wood on ball carriers, and shows his football IQ with fantastic ball awareness. Coaches at Rutgers say the three star recruit could play both on sides of the ball.
From the Chris Berman “Whoop!” moments to the tangible talent it is clear that Amad Anderson has the ability to make a splash in the Big Ten. New York’s No. 7 recruit will join a receiving group which should be both talented and youthful in 2018. With these playmakers on hand, the Scarlet Knights could be a reliable quarterback away from a decent passing attack.
For Chris Ash, this is another commitment that strengthens the currently questioned status of Rutgers football. If the coach can continue to get big name recruits to buy into the program, look for Rutgers to begin to show they’re worth their salt in the Big Ten conference.
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