Ex-Dover star lineman eyes UD career: Anyanwu set for sneak peek at Blue-Gold

Bradly Anyanwu of Dover at Blue-Gold media day on Sunday. Special to the Delaware State News/Gary Emeigh

NEWARK — For some players in Friday’s Blue-Gold senior all-star football game, this will be their first time playing at the University of Delaware’s Delaware Stadium.

For most of them, it will be their last chance to do so.

But for Bradly Anyanwu, he’s just getting started.

Friday’s game will be sort of a sneak peek for Anyanwu. The Dover High offensive lineman is the lone instate recruit for Delaware’s incoming freshmen class.

“This is home for the next four years,” Anyanwu said at Sunday’s Media Day at Delaware Stadium. “That feels good.”

And Anyanwu has some big plans for once he’s officially on campus.

Not only will he be playing football, he’s planning to major in mechanical engineering. That’s no surprise for someone who has always hit the books as hard has he hits on the line of scrimmage. He carried a GPA of 3.4 throughout high school.

Anyanwu projects as either a guard or center on the offensive line at Delaware.

“I like a lot of things about him,” said University of Delaware coach Danny Rocco at Signing Day last winter. “He’s purposeful, very focused and had a very successful season. He was able to experience that part of the high school experience, having expectations to do even greater things here.”

Friday’s game kicks off at 7 p.m. at Delaware Stadium.

The teams are staying on campus all week, allowing Anyanwu even more time to familiarize himself with his future college.

More goes into this week than just football, however.

The Blue-Gold game is in its 64th year and is the longest running all-star game of its type in the country to support the same cause.
That’s through the Delaware Foundation Reaching Citizens with intellectual diABILITIES (DFRC).

Through its hand-in-hand program each player is partnered with a younger “buddy” from DFRC.

“I’m just ready for Friday,” Anyanwu said. “I’m going to enjoy this whole week, communicate with the kids, communicate with my teammates and just have fun. That’s what it’s it all about.”

Anyanwu’s buddy is 10-year-old Isaac.

The two hit it off right away, bonding over Isaac’s love of cars. Anyanwu showed him a racing game on his phone which he said Isaac plays every time the two of them are together now.

“All the little things he does, it just makes you smile,” Anyanwu said.

Anyanwu said the thing he’ll remember most about this week is his activities with the hand-in-hand program, thanks to the DFRC.

“That’s the best part about it, in my opinion,” Anyanwu said. “Just interacting with the buddies is so rewarding. This week is something special and it’s one of the best weeks of your lives.”

Reach staff writer Tim Mastro at tmastro@newszap.com

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