The theme of the 2009 Singing Day Celebration was the focus on OL’s, but Ralph Friedgen also got a lot of depth at the defensive line position. I don’t think you can ever have to many DL’s, injuries always seem to be creeping up, and then there’s academic eligibility, people dropping out of school, and then the next thing you know, a position of strength all of a sudden is looking pretty thin. So we are glad to have this next kid coming to College Park this fall.
Justin Anderson (Finally a name I don’t have to check and re-check to make sure I spelled it right!) is next in our series. Justin, as hinted at above, is a DL from Blythewood, SC. He checks in at 6-5 and 265 pounds. He was ranked 60th among strongside DL’s by Rivals.com, and Ranked 80th in the Nation among DL’s by Scout.com. His Senior Year at Blythewood HS, he made 3rd Team All State (SC) and recorded 51 tackles. In additon to his 51 tackles he had 2 sacks, 9 hurries, 2 forced fumbles, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 blocked kick.
He was recruited by Al “The Seamonster” Seamonson, and the initial plan is for him to begin his career as a DE and probably end it as a tackle. Of course we all know how well plans last once the grind of the season begins. Just ask Kenny Tate! Justin was also born on January 22, 1991 and plans to major in sports medicine, which leads us to our favorite part of “Meet the Newbies”…
It’s time to feel old. On this date in history, the main story in the Washington Post was about clouds and rain putting a damper on Air Strikes in Iraq. The US also recoverd a down airman who was shot down and stuck behind enemy lines for 8 hours. Also Bush warns against being too over confidient about the success of the air campaign (Relax George, I think we got this one). And ironically he also stress the need to treat Iraqi prisioners of war humanely (an idea that didn’t really trickle down to his son!). So needless to say in January of 1991, the Persian Gulf War was the dominant story in the headlines. Of course Justin probably didn’t know much about that at the time.
So welcome to Maryland Justin Anderson, we wish you the best. And hope that any experience you have in Sports Medicine is from the classroom side only!
Big Day at the Wevodau house as my daughter attends her first Orioles game. Please keep us in your prayers until about 4:30, and while your praying it wouldn’t hurt to ask for some cloud cover. I don’t won’t to fry the poor girl.