Glenville, Ohio, product Latwan Anderson had flirted with the University of Miami for the better part of six months. The Hurricanes were always high on his list, but just not quite high enough.
That has all changed. Anderson, the 15th-ranked player in the country by Rivals.com and No. 2 overall player in the "athlete" category, had originally committed to West Virginia, then backed off after Southern Cal showed interest. But now he's a Hurricane.
U.S. Army All-American had planned a visit to USC but it never happened, so he, instead, visited Miami this past weekend, which solidified his commitment.
"West Virginia was a school I really liked," Anderson told CaneSport.com. "The coaches there recruited me for over a year, I talked to them every other day. But in the end I have to do what is best for me."
And what's best is apparently 'The U.' The 5-foot-11, 178-pound Anderson out of Glenville Academic High near Cleveland, was the defensive MVP last August in the ESPN Rise Gridiron Kings 7-on-7 tournament at Disney's Wide World of Sports.
After earning the MVP plaque, Anderson said: "I told the coaches, 'I ain't here for Disney. I'm out here to show what I can do. That I'm the best.' "
Glenville Academic is coached by Ted Ginn Sr., the father of Miami Dolphins wide receiver of the same name. He had 14 interceptions last year for Glenville.
The Hurricanes, who oversigned for the 2010 recruiting class with 29 players against the NCAA limit of 25, have no scholarships remaining for football, so Anderson will sign a track letter of intent, playing football as a walk-on. His letter was expected to be faxed to him on Wendesday night.
"I will sign it right when I get it and send it in," Anderson told Rivals.com . "I am just really excited to have this over with, and focus on school so I can move on to the next level without any problems."
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coordinator and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Miami gets last laugh as Latwan Anderson settles on 'The U'
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