Outside the Huddle and Blitz are counting down who they feel are the top 50 individual players in northeast Indiana heading into the 2021 season.
Our highest preseason honor, the third-annual First Eleven profiles the top players (in the mind of OTH) entering this fall.
No. 3: WR Nate Anderson, senior, Homestead
Just how dynamic is Nate Anderson? Consider that he averaged 23 yards PER RECEPTION last season for Homestead on the way to a 1,130-yard receiving season with an astounding 17 touchdowns. He hauled in multiple receiving touchdowns in six different games and was easily Evan Ormsby’s top target in 2020.
Even with a new quarterback in Peyton Slaven, Anderson is expected to be just as dangerous. What is exceptional about the senior is that he can line up just about anywhere. Inside, outside even in the backfield if need be.
Anderson’s greatest attribute may be how he is able to get position on a defender and outwork then for a reception. He also has deceptive speed, with DBs frequently getting burned in press coverage when they try to muscle him at the line of scrimmage and take him off his route.
A Western Michigan verbal commit, Anderson is primed for a huge year of production, which includes his prowess in kickoff return.
COACH’S QUOTE ON NATE ANDERSON
“Nate is gifted with a tremendous amount of athleticism. He has a great work ethic and is one of the most skilled receivers we have seen at Homestead.” – Homestead coach Chad Zolman