Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Son of former Penn State star commits to Nittany Lions

Running back Richy Anderson, the son of former Penn State star Richie Anderson, has made an oral commitment to the Nittany Lions for the freshman Class of 2013.

Son of former Penn State star commits to Nittany Lions

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Richy Anderson has given Bill O’Brien an oral commitment to play at Penn State. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)
Richy Anderson has given Bill O’Brien an oral commitment to play at Penn State. (Gene J. Puskar/AP)

Richy Anderson, a running back from Frederick, Md., who is the son of former Penn State star Richie Anderson, has given Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien an oral commitment to join his freshman Class of 2013, several recruiting web sites have reported.

The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Anderson, who plays for Gov. Thomas Johnson High School, is rated as a three-star recruit by both Scout.com and Rivals.com. He is Penn State’s 12th commitment for 2013.

Anderson had committed last June to Maryland but reconsidered after being contacted by Penn State in September. He attended Saturday night’s game between Penn State and Ohio State, returned home, talked about the matter with his father and contacted O’Brien on Sunday night with his decision, ESPN.com reported.

Anderson told ESPN.com that the NCAA sanctions, which include a post-season ban and reduced scholarships, didn’t bother him. He said he was impressed with Saturday night’s crowd despite the Nittany Lions’ 35-23 loss.

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“The tradition and everything is still there; it's not just about football,” Anderson told the web site. “They were down big in the fourth quarter, and nobody left. It was just amazing. It's more than football there, and it's crazy.”

Anderson also had been offered by Temple, Boston College and Rutgers before committing to Maryland. Scout.com rated him the nation’s No. 76 running back, and Rivals.com had him as its No. 20 all-purpose back.

Richie Anderson, also a running back, played for Penn State from 1989 through 1992 and played for 12 years on the NFL.

--Joe Juliano

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season is Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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