Freshman linebacker Nihym Anderson is the first player to leave Maryland football since ESPN published a series of reports detailing an alleged “toxic culture” within the program.
Anderson is leaving the program before his first season even starts, Testudo Times has confirmed. InsideMDSports was first to report the news.
Anderson is a 6’1, 239-pound linebacker out of southern New Jersey. A three-star prospect coming out of Vineland High School, he was one of five freshmen linebackers to sign with the Terps in the Class of 2018. Graduate transfer Tre Watson also made his way to Maryland, as did senior Wyatt Cook, who was previously on a scholarship at Purdue.
A rangy, fast linebacker, Anderson projected to be one of Maryland’s middle linebackers of the future. With him gone, the Terps should lean heavily on Watson and junior Isaiah Davis—as they likely would have anyway—this season. In the future, this perhaps thins out the competition for Chance Campbell, who fits a similar playing profile as Anderson.
Anderson is the second linebacker to leave the program in the last three weeks, joining Brett Shepherd, who left in early August. On the recruiting front, three-star offensive tackle Parker Moorer was the first to reopen his recruitment amid the reports.