Meet Justin Anderson
This is part of a series of 2009 Maryland football commitment Q&As leading up to Signing Day on Feb. 4. All answers are provided by the featured player. Click here for previous entries in the series.
Name: Justin Anderson
Birthdate: Jan. 22, 1991
Birthplace: Columbia, S.C.
Hometown: Columbia, S.C.
Position: Defensive line
High School: Blythewood (S.C.) High School
Senior statistics: 34 solo tackles, 17 assists, two sacks, nine quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one blocked kick
Rankings: Scout.com -- Two stars, No. 170 defensive end.
Bench max: 340
40-yard dash: 4.9
Other schools considered: Marshall, Toledo, Georgia Tech
Favorite NFL player: DeMarcus Ware
Favorite NFL team: Philadelphia Eagles
Favorite all-time Terp: Vernon Davis
Favorite music: Kirk Franklin, Lil Wayne
Favorite book: The Pact by Sampson Davis, George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show: The Boondocks
Favorite food: Macaroni and cheese
Favorite high school class: Math
Favorite thing about College Park: “The atmosphere … when I came to watch the Georgia Tech game.”
Hobbies: “Listening to music, helping out with the [Fellowship of Christian Athletes], doing leadership at my school on how important it is to get your grades in order to move onto the next level.”
Intended major: Sports medicine
Something that not many people know about you: “Growing up I wanted to be a gospel singer. … I sing a lot, but not as much as I did when I was young.”
Best football moment: “When we won the state championship my sophomore year.”
Role model: “I would say my (defensive line) coach, Preston Thorne. He played football for the University of South Carolina. He’s an honest guy. He speaks the truth. He helped me out so much with my recruiting process. He’s an honest person and he does the right things. You can talk to him about anything. He’s been through a lot and knows a lot about football.”
Why Maryland? “When we got up there, [the UM staff stressed academics]. That’s what really got to my family. They showed us the tutoring center, the graduation rates, how everyone would be assigned a tutor freshman year, how academics are a big thing. They stressed that grades were the main thing. [The UM coaches said], ‘that’s what we want out of everyone. We want to see you succeed in the classroom and that will translate on the football field.’ If you’re disciplined in the classroom, you’ll be disciplined on the football field.”