As is the case seemingly every signing period, John Curtis sent two more players to the college ranks Wednesday afternoon.
The two newest Patriots to join the collegiate alumni list were quarterback Collin Guggenheim signing his Letter of Intent to Army while defensive end Angelo Anderson made things official with Tulane.
Guggenheim made his initial pledge to the Black Knights back in June while Anderson announced his commitment to the Green Wave the previous month in May. The recruiting process can certainly be a stressful one with twists and turns along the way, but the path for both players ended with the programs they felt most comfortable with on a special day.
“This is a great feeling,” began Guggenheim, the Patriots’ starter under center for the last four seasons. “(Army) welcomed me with open arms and just said ‘hey, this is what we can offer you and this is the good and the bad.’ They never lied to me, they were up front from Day 1 and that goes a long way with me.
“The coaching staff wants to see you succeed in life,” Guggenheim added. “It’s not all about football up there at Army. That’s what stood out to me the most.”
“This really didn’t hit me until last night when I was signing the actual papers,” Anderson said. “I was like, ‘man, I finally did it. I’m about to be a college athlete.’
“I always liked Tulane’s football program but I really thought about my family,” continued Anderson, who had a pretty good reason for wanting to stay close to home. “A lot of people don’t know, but I have a younger six-year old sister. I knew how important it was for them to come to my games and see me play, so that played a big role in me picking Tulane.”
Anderson’s family may get that opportunity fairly soon as the 6-foot-2, 250-pounder has a chance to make an early impact for the Green Wave.
A 3-star prospect on multiple recruiting sites, Anderson held offers from over 30 schools, according to coach J.T. Curtis. The senior was an absolute force off the edge during his final campaign for the Patriots leading the Catholic League in sacks (11) and tackles for loss (20) through the end of the regular season.
Anderson also led the Patriots in tackles with 68, and while many thought he would land at a Power 5 school during the early part of his recruitment, Anderson is excited for the chance to join the Tulane family.
“I think I’m going to fit in well,” Anderson said of joining the Green Wave. “Everybody there is my kind of people, it’s a team atmosphere and I’m a team kind of guy. It felt like home every time I played at Yulman with John Curtis.”
“I was proud of Angelo and I thought he made a very calculated, well thought out decision,” Curtis said. “He could have gone to just about anybody across the country — 30 or 40 offers, but Tulane was where he felt comfortable academically and comfortable with coach (Willie) Fritz and I think he felt like he could make an impact in the American Football Conference.”
While there will be no need for Anderson to change his mailing address, Guggenheim will be making the trip across country over 1,300 miles away to West Point.
He’ll join a program with tons of tradition and reverence nationwide, and will also be playing in a scheme he’s all-too familiar with. Like Curtis, Army famously runs the veer-option, an offense Guggenheim thrived in leading the Catholic League in rushing yards and touchdowns with 1,116 and 18 on 111 carries.
“Being able to continue to run the veer offense like I do at Curtis meant everything to me,” Guggenheim said. “I just understand what the program means to me and what it means to people in the everyday world.”
“Every year we have an opportunity to have guys go play (in college),” Curtis said. “These two young men are going to make an impact at the schools they’re going to.”