Lincoln-Sudbury outfielder/pitcher Carl Anderson considered his summer recruiting campaign nerve-wracking at times -- "The whole process I felt like there was a weight on my back," the 17-year-old said. "It took alot of time, there was alot of stress, alot of thinking."
Now, two days before the start of his senior year at L-S, he's put that all to rest. This morning, he called up new Bryant University head coach Steve Owens and gave him a verbal commitment for the fall of 2011. Anderson chose the Bulldogs and their rising new coach over scholarship offers from Binghamton, Marist and Northeastern. This commitment comes after an unofficial visit to the Smithfield, R.I. campus this past weekend.
"I wanted to find a good program to develop as a baseball player," Anderson said this evening. "The main thing was, I wanted go to a team that was going to win and a coach who was going to win. He just came from Le Moyne and was a really successful coach there (two-time MAAC Coach of the Year), now he's going to do big things at Bryant. I want to go somewhere where I'm going to win."
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound lefty attracted many college coaches with his powerful swing -- he led the state in home runs (10), and led the Dual County League in runs batted in (37) -- but he's also shown a knack for battling on the mound. With a low to mid-80's fastball and a sharp 11-to-5 curve, he turned in an impressive junior season on the hill (6-1, 1.21 ERA, 56 strikeouts in 46.1 IP).