Rutgers has made South Florida as much of a priority as its home state in recruiting. Last week the Scarlet Knights picked up a commit from the Sunshine State and are in on many more including Plantation wide receiver Burnon Anderson.
"Rutgers verbally offered me a while back, but I got the written offer the other day," Anderson said. "A lot of schools had been holding off on recruiting me because I had not taken the SAT, but I took it and got the score back the other day and it was an 890 and now a lot of schools have turned it up."
The 6-foot-1, 203-pound Anderson attended the Miami NIKE camp in April where he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.68 seconds, posted a 4.5 second shuttle, did 17 reps on the bench press and had a vertical jump of 27 inches.
"I've got it down to four schools, Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Michigan and Miami," Anderson said. "Miami and Pitt have really been recruiting me hard since that test score came in. Michigan has turned it up a notch too. I've got it down to those four and I will decide before my senior season most likely."
As a junior Anderson caught 30 passes for 496 yards and seven touchdowns. He also collected 25 tackles and four tackles for loss.
"I went to Rutgers camp a few weeks ago and they told me that they want me to play safety," Anderson said. "Miami likes me as a wide receiver, Pittsburgh likes me as a tight end and Michigan was talking about putting weight on me and putting me on the defensive line. I would rather play wide receiver, but I will play wherever I'm needed."
Anderson is ranked as the No. 82 player in the state of Florida by Rivals.com and projects as a three star player.
"Miami and Rutgers are my top two right now," Anderson said. "The others are definitely in there, but those are my top two for sure. I'm not sure when I will commit, but it could be sometime soon."