Breakout Cincinnati Anderson WR Truesdell staying close to home

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Cincinnati Anderson WR Nick Truesdell

Anderson WR Nick Truesdell exploded onto the recruiting scene following a five-catch, 129-yard and two TD performance in the Division II state championship win over Louisville.  Truesdell, rated No. 16 amongst the top 100 players in the class of 2008 in the upcoming issue of Ohio High magazine, committed to the Cincinnati Bearcats Monday.

The following is a player profile of Truesdell and video highlights from the title game.



Anderson WR Nick Truesdell exploded onto the recruiting scene following a five-catch, 129-yard and two TD performance in the Division II state championship win over Louisville.  Truesdell, rated No. 16 amongst the top 100 players in the class of 2008 in the upcoming issue of Ohio High magazine, committed to the Cincinnati Bearcats Monday.

The following is a player profile of Truesdell and video highlights from the title game.

16. **** Nick Truesdell (6-7, 215, WR/TE, Cincinnati Anderson)

Having covered Anderson twice this season, Ohio High’s Matt Natali offers the following evaluation of Nick Truesdell:

The first time I noticed Nick Truesdell was in Week 5 against Cincinnati LaSalle. Truesdell had only two catches for nine yards with QB Daniel Rod out due to injury – but Truesdell’s shear size on the field was hard to ignore.

Anderson lost that game 51-10 but the Redskins would not lose again claiming the Division II state title with Truesdell reeling in 35 catches for 687 yards and 10 TDs on the season, including five receptions for 129 yards and two TDs in the state championship game.

Truesdell attended Anderson as a freshman and moved out of the district only to return his senior year and star for the Redskins on the grid iron. He has concentrated on basketball competing on the AAU circuit in the summers with football as his secondary sport. But following his performance on the big stage in the title game, he has quickly become coveted football prospect.

Truesdell is a raw player that has all the tools to become a top-notch receiver at the next level. He has height, good hands, long arms and probably most important – he has speed not typically found in players his size. In fact, Anderson used him out of the backfield early in the season and he ran for 305 yards and two TDs on the year in addition to returning kicks and punts.

With his frame, it might be difficult for Truesdell not to bulk up too much without compromising his speed. He has the build to put on weight in college and become an effective pass-catching tight end. With his size, speed and pass-catching ability, I am reminded of former Miami Hurricane and current New York Giants TE Jeremy Shockey – only without the attitude. Truesdell is a humble young man and was more pleased Anderson won the state title than his breakout performance in the title game.

A few years ago, we saw Cardinal Mooney QB/S Kyle McCarthy get offered by Ohio State and Notre Dame after his tremendous performance in the Division IV state title game and we could very soon see offers of that magnitude come in for Truesdell. He has an offer from Cincinnati and has heard from the likes of NC State, West Virginia, Florida and Ohio State *.

Nick Truesdell Highlight Video
(ScoutingOhio.com)

* Truesdell committed to Cincinnati in mid-December

 

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