When asked about life’s certainties, death and taxes are the two that get thrown out. I would submit, however, that Penn State football’s legacy recruiting as well as their success in Maryland might be right up there. Those two combined in late October when Richy Anderson decommitted from the University of Maryland, and flipped to his father’s alma mater, Penn State.
Richy’s dad, Richie Sr., was a powerful fullback for Joe Paterno’s teams from 1989-1992, and then went on to have a very successful 12 year NFL career with Cowboys and Jets, earning two Pro Bowl selections. His son does not have his size (5’11”, 180 lbs.), but has the speed and athleticism to more than make up for it. The younger Anderson is not only here for his name either. In addition to the Maryland, he had offers from Wake Forest, Rutgers and East Carolina, Temple, and Boston College. All 3 major scouting services ranked him at 3 stars as well.
Where does Richy fit in? Off the bat, a redshirt does not seem out of the question, given the depth at tailback, as well as the multitude of options at the slot receiver position. However, he has enrolled early, and with O’Brien and the rest of the staff not shy about playing the best players, regardless of age, don’t be surprised if Anderson does make his way into the fold for the 2013 season.
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