Zaire Anderson, former Frankford High football star, has given a verbal commitment to the University of Nebraska. Anderson plays junior college football for Riverside Community College in Riverside, Calif. He is excited about having the opportunity to play for the Cornhuskers.
“It’s a real great program,” Anderson said. “I like Nebraska’s football tradition. They play in the Big Ten Conference against teams like Ohio State, Michigan State and Michigan. They have one of the biggest crowds in college football. I think they draw, like, 90,000 fans to their games. I heard from Mississippi State, Kentucky and Akron. But I really like Nebraska. They have a good defense. I like the coaching staff, too.”
Anderson, a 6-foot-1, 220-pounder, is a terrific linebacker. He leads the team in tackles with 58 total and 25 solos. He also has three sacks. Anderson is one of those playmaking linebackers.
“I played running back at Frankford,” Anderson said. “I didn’t play linebacker until I played in the City-All Star Game my senior year. I did pretty well. I won MVP that day. I’ve learned a lot about playing the last couple years. I’ve had two pretty good years at Riverside. Our coaches have done a good job. We’re having a good year. We’re 8-0. I’ve tried to make a lot of plays.”
Anderson will make plenty of big plays in the future. He could be a name to remember down the line. He’s one of the best junior college players at his position. He keeps in touch with Jameel McClain, former George Washington High standout, who plays linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens. McClain is one of several Public League players in the NFL.
“I talked to Jameel last week,” Anderson said. “He’s playing well for the Ravens. It’s always good to talk to guys like him. He has a lot of experience. He knows how to play the game. He’s in the NFL. He’s a guy who gives back to his community.”
Anderson would like to play in the NFL one day. However, he has a vision for life after football. He grew up in Frankford. He got involved with playing youth league football. The game has certainly opened doors for him.
“I’m majoring in physical education,” Anderson said. “I would like to do something for the kids in the community. I played for the Frankford Chargers and CYA Gators in Olney. I had a lot of fun. It was a good experience for me. I’ve been very fortunate throughout my career. I’ve played in high school and junior college. After this year, I’ll have a chance to play major college football.”