Anyanwu set to pave way for Dover

DOVER — Bradly Anyanwu isn’t just a young kid anymore.

The senior is a veteran lineman who’s played in a lot of games for the Dover High football team over the last three seasons.

That means Anyanwu has to worry about more than just himself this fall.

“I’m a captain now so I keep the young guys in check and tell them what to do,” said Anyanwu. “If they’re messing up, I’ll help them. If they’re goofing around, I’ll tell them to be quiet, stuff like that.

“For me, I have to lead by example — on the field going 100 percent, not slacking off.”

As far as Senators’ coach Rudy Simonetti is concerned, having his young players try to be like Anyanwu would be just fine with him.

Not only is Anyanwu a standout on the field, but he’s really good in the classroom, where he owns a 3.4 grade point average. That made the 6-foot-3, 300-pounder a pretty attractive recruit for Delaware, which offered him a scholarship after having him in its camp earlier this summer.

Bradly Anyanwu

Anyanwu has already verbally committed to the Blue Hens, where he’s expected to play offensive guard.

“They liked his footwork on the offensive line,” said Simonetti. “He’s very athletic for a kid his size. Bradly is approaching 300 and it’s a good 300 pounds. He’s a weightroom warrior.

“They were really impressed by how well he moves for a guy his size and by well he uses leverage for a guy who’s 6-3. When people come in and they see a kid of Bradly’s size and how well he looks for 300 pounds, the next thing they ask is ‘What’s his GPA?’ As soon as I tell them it’s a 3.4, it’s easy.”

Anyanwu, who plans on majoring in mechanical engineering in college, said his Nigerian-born parents have always made academics a priority for him.

“They’re strict about my grades,” he said.

Having his college plans already lined up is exciting for Anyanwu.

“I just liked the environment when I went up there,” he said. “With the coaching staff, it felt like family. And it’s close to home, obviously.

“I feel like this is going to be my best offer, so why wait? I can just focus on the season.”

Indeed, before he gets to college, Anyanwu would love to finish his high school career by helping Dover be a winner again.

The Senators went only 2-8 last fall. But with Anyanwu up front, Dover returns some talented offensive skill players in senior quarterback Jordan Magee and junior running back Javon Peace.

Anyanwu is also going to see more time on defense this year where Simonetti hopes he can solidify things in the middle. The Senators, who host William Penn in a 5 p.m. scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 25, gave up 36.3 points per game last season.

“I really like him as a defensive tackle,” said Simonetti, who is taking over defensive coordinator duties this season. “And I think this coming year that’s going to be shown. He’s a tough kid, strong and physical.

“There’s certain packages where he’ll be out on the field for defense and other packages where we’ll give him a rest. But his presence is going to be felt on both sides of the ball.”

“With how we’ve grown from our freshman year to now,” said Anyawu, “I think it’s going to be a great year.”

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