Not every commitment for Nebraska under Scott Frost has to be a surprise. For the second Friday in a row, Nebraska picked up a commitment for the 2019 class. After wide speculation that he would be a Husker, Leesville, Louisiana, offensive lineman Matthew Anderson made his verbal public on Friday via Twitter.
— Matthew Anderson #72 (@mateoanderson37) June 22, 2018
It was an interesting journey with how it unfolded that Nebraska got Anderson on its radar. Running backs coach Ryan Held was made aware of him by a coach at Northwestern State in Louisiana, a coach that knew Held from his junior college days.
When Anderson and his dad visited Lincoln earlier this month, he was blown away by the sincere approach that the staff takes in recruiting. He flat out told me that he was expecting to be part of a huge group and was pleasantly surprised by the amount of personal attention he received, showing that he is a priority for the staff.
“I was expecting to get there and put into a huge group and I wouldn’t get personal attention. I really didn’t think I’d be treated as a priority but I got there and they were good on their promises that I was a priority and really important to them," he said. "I saw the pictures of the facilities but going there and seeing it in person did it so much more justice. It was gorgeous. There were players working in the indoor facility and the music was going, I could just feel it. It was such a great feeling.”
Nebraska was very early to jump on Anderson who has the size (6-6, 250) that they like with a frame that can add weight to become a true left tackle in a couple of years. Anderson is also a high character person off the field and will be a great culture fit in Lincoln. What also jumps out about him is that despite being an Eagle Scout off the field, Anderson plays with a definite mean streak on the field which is something offensive line coach Greg Austin covets.
Anderson becomes the 10th known verbal commitment of the 2019 class and the fourth one this month. He chose Nebraska over offers from Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana Tech and Nicholls State.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.