In a shocking turn of events for the 2018 Rutgers recruiting class, 3-star wide receiver Amad Anderson has de-committed from the Scarlet Knights.
According to NJ.com, Anderson removed all photos of Rutgers from his timeline a week and a half ago. He announced his decommitment early Wednesday morning.
This comes as quite a shock for the Scarlet Knights, as Anderson was touted as the “crown jewel” of the 2018 recruiting class.
As an early enrollee, Anderson is able to finish his senior year early and graduate in December, allowing him to enroll at his college of choice in time for the spring semester.
Earlier in the summer, Anderson netted quite a bit of attention, garnering eyes from Purdue, Maryland, Clemson and Penn State, just to name a few. Recruiting pundits believed that Purdue was the closest to acquiring Anderson, only to see him commit to Rutgers on Aug. 6 of this year.
Anderson, a 5-11, 170 pound athletic phenom, has shown his versatility in every stage of the game. As a defensive back he always seems to be in the right place at the right time, making game clinching picks and tackles when called upon.
On special teams, Anderson’s speed and ability to find holes within the blocks have made him a dynamic return man.
While there is no word as to where Anderson plans to go now, his father, Amad Sr., told NJ.com that they’re, “listening to schools, but nothing official.”
One thing that is official — Rutgers’ recruiting class has taken a major blow. Losing Anderson might have a ripple effects on the remaining 18 players committed to the Scarlet Knights. Reports are coming out that 3-star offensive tackle Raiqwon O’Neal has earned a scholarship offer from the University of Florida, but has yet to respond.
If Rutgers keeps losing key commits, Chris Ash will have little to work with come next season. If Ash can’t bring anymore hope to a program that has been starved of it, he may need to bring some ice for his hot seat.