On the eve of the 2018 season, Rutgers football has added another player to the mix. Former 3-star linebacker prospect Nihym Anderson has joined the program. The 2018 Maryland Terrapin signee was granted his full release due to the investigation into the school’s “toxic culture” following the death of offensive lineman Jordan McNair.
Anderson likely will be on scholarship at Rutgers and based on the circumstances it is likely he will be eligible to play this season, although his status has not been confirmed.
Ash continues to add talent to the roster through the transfer route, and this is a crucial get because linebacker depth took a hit with several players being suspended in the credit card fraud situation. In 2018, Rutgers has two experienced returning starters in Deonte Roberts and Trevor Morris, but both players are in their final seasons of eligibility. The team feels pretty good about the rest of the two deep this season barring injury, however Anderson’s presence will make defensive coordinator Jay Niemann feel a lot better about the future of the position.
During his initial recruitment, Anderson was listed as the 23rd best player in New Jersey per 247 composite and 27th best per rivals. He held an impressive offer list of at least ten schools including fellow Big Ten members Minnesota and Indiana, plus other Power Five programs in Boston College, Pitt, and Syracuse.
The Vineland native was a high school teammate of current Rutgers freshman running back Isaih Pacheco, which is interesting particularly because Pacheco played quarterback. Anderson was Vineland’s running back in addition to his projected position of outside linebacker. From his tape, Nihym is clearly a solid three-star prospect and the type of player Rutgers needs at the very least to continue to add to their program to build depth necessary to compete in the Big Ten. Anderson could see action this season, but even if he redshirts would be in competition to replace Roberts and Morris as starters in 2019.
Welcome to the Banks, Nihym Anderson!
Here are highlights from his high school career.