Class of 2012

Zaire Anderson

HometownPhiladelphia, PA
High schoolRiverside Community College

Riverside (Calif.) Community College linebacker Zaire Anderson, a Philadelphia native, committed to the Huskers in October 2011, becoming Nebraska’s eighth member of the 2012 recruiting class.

The 6-foot, 220-pounder became the Huskers’ third linebacker commit for the 2012 class.

“I think I can stop the run pretty good, and I’m good at finding the ball,” Anderson told Huskers Illustrated, a recruiting partner with The World-Herald. “I’ve got a good sense of getting to the ball and making plays. I’m pretty good on the edge as well.”

Anderson finished his final season at Riverside with 95 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He also forced two fumbles and broke up two passes.

Nebraska assistant coach Ross Els locked down Anderson after an in-home visit.

“I’m pretty excited about playing for him,” Anderson said. “Coach and my family get along really well.”

He starred on a tough defense, finishing his 2011 campaign with 95 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and 6.5 sacks. He also broke up two passes and forced two fumbles. He was named MVP of the Golden State Bowl, as Riverside defeated Saddleback 31-14, finishing the game with 12 tackles, 3.5 sacks and two forced fumbles. The bowl game MVP wasn’t the only accolade Anderson picked up this season. He was also named defensive player of the year by the National Division East Conference coaches.

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