Maryland commit thinking on PSU offer


Richie Anderson (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) has some thinking to do.

The 5-foot-10, 180-pound tailback received an offer from his dream school Wednesday night, Penn State, but committed to Maryland just two months ago.

"I guess you could say it gave me a lot more to think about," he said. "Before, I could say that I was completely sold with Maryland, I wasn't thinking about anybody else. But that offer just kind of caught me off-guard. I wasn't expecting it."

Anderson remains committed to Maryland but also said he's now keeping his options open.

The high-end three-star tailback daydreamed about donning the Blue and White all throughout school Thursday -- he said he did the same with Maryland when it offered -- and said he was speechless when Penn State extended an offer.

His father, Richie Sr., played fullback under Joe Paterno in the early 1990s and spent a decade in the NFL. So, the youngest Richie grew up watching Penn State and wearing clothes emblazoned with the Nittany Lion logo.

"I've been dreaming of that since I was a kid," the younger Anderson said about the PSU offer. "That's been one of my dreams to hear that. It's a big thing for me."

And what was his father's reaction?

"I think he was more excited than me," Anderson said with a laugh.

Richie Jr. said interest from Penn State seemed to taper off in February, but he sometimes chatted with defensive line coach Larry Johnson on Facebook. He didn't talk on the phone with the coaches for at least six months though.

So, when he found out they wanted to talk to him, he figured they just wanted to catch up. Instead, they shared their plans with how he might fit into their offense as a scholarship athlete.

Anderson said he'll take an official visit with Penn State later this season but will attend Maryland's game this week. He feels at home with the Terrapins, but said it's difficult to overlook the tradition at Penn State.

"That's where my dad went and, to me, that means something," he said. "I know if my kid wanted to go someplace I went, I'd love that too. I'm still committed to Maryland and that's where I'm going to school right now; I'm just going to take some visits and explore options.

"I'm not saying I'm definitely going to change [schools], I'm just going to explore options."