Eat, sleep, football, and repeat.
This motto which best describes the lifestyle and work ethic of all-around athlete, Blaine Anderson.
The 5’11, 180-pound senior from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in South Florida is a versatile athlete. Anderson can play safety, defensive back, slot receiver, and return punts and kicks.
Blue 57 sports psychologist Kaela Harmon stated that, “Anderson’s mindset is that education is his first priority. Finding a football program that is the right fit for him comes second. He is a prime example of someone who is a true student-athlete. His parents are well educated and Blaine wants to follow in their footsteps.”
“He is social and enjoys being in a team environment, but also needs that balance of having time to himself to be able to think clearly to make important life decisions. He has complete support from his parents, whom help keep him focused on his long-term goals, even in the face of adversity”.
Anderson started playing football at the age of seven, and immediately fell in love with the game. This love turned into a year round passion. Between his high school season, training, 7 on 7, and college camps, Blaine is always on the football field. Even with all the on and off field success, Anderson is humble by nature, and genuinely cares about his family and teammates’ well-being.
So far, Blaine has received offers from three Ivy League schools, which are Columbia, Cornell, and Dartmouth. He has received interest from other D1 programs, but they are waiting to see his senior season performance. He has a passion for learning and wants to continue his education by pursuing a college degree in business or communication.
Blue 57 scout Kevin Hemmings describes Anderson as having, “a linebacker mindset in a defensive back’s body. He has a high motor and is always looking for contact. He thrives in space as a tackler and can bump and run with receivers just as well. He is getting better each year and his senior season should be his best.”
Lucas Thorp, a scout and analyst for Blue 57, adds, “Anderson flies to the ball and has good instincts of where the ball is at all times. His training is excellent and his 7 on 7 experience with Florida Fire will make him more explosive. He needs a stronger senior season to hit the next level of offers with college coaches.”
Blue 57 is a college football scouting company with a focus on Georgia, Florida and Texas recruits. They build relationships with players and understand who they are as people, outside of football.
Blue 57 understands that there is a void between college recruits and college coaches – coaches many times don’t know the personalities of the players they recruit. Therefore, the company combined psychology and football recruiting to bridge the gap between player and coach. Currently, over 1000 players have been evaluated by Blue 57.
In terms of individual improvement, Blaine works with former NCAA football defensive back Tevin Allen and his business, Gold Feet Global- a renowned training company in South Florida that improves player’s speed and agility from all different athletic backgrounds.
Away from the high school football field, Anderson keeps his skills sharp by playing on Dennis Marroquin’s 7 on 7 team, Florida Fire. This top rated team allows Anderson to continue to play with elite talent to help further improve his game. The Florida Fire have had several notable alumni, including Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Calvin Ridley.
Blaine’s parents are the biggest influencers in his life, and they motivate him to keep his work ethic at 100% effort. Both parents are very involved in Blaine’s academic and football life. His parents have been his biggest support system his entire life, and they push him to be the best player he can be.
Blaine has one year left at St. Thomas Aquinas before starting his collegiate career. He will graduate in 2020 and should receive more offers with a solid senior season. Being a well-educated, hard-working, and talented athlete in the competitive region of South Florida has proven to open up some elite opportunities for Anderson.
Alexandria Wright is a contributor for The Subway Alum and sports writer for the Blue 57 Scouting Network. Alexandria follows college football recruiting and the impact of psychology on football in Florida, Georgia, and Texas.