Joey Anderson may not have stepped foot inside a high school classroom yet, but he's already decided where he's going to play his college hockey. The Hill-Murray freshman-to-be announced his decision via twitter Sunday afternoon, tweeting that he has committed to the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
A native of Roseville, Minn., Anderson is considered by many to be one of the top 1998 born players in the United States.
As an eighth-grader last season, Anderson started his season playing with the Hill-Murray JV, but finished the season in the Minnesota AA State Championship game, a 5-2 loss to Edina. Anderson registered nine goals and 21 points in 14 games at the varsity level.
With Anderson entering high school next fall, that would put him on track to Duluth for the 2017 season. It's believed that Anderson is the first 2017 college hockey recruit at this time.
Getting a commitment from Anderson was a huge step in the right direction for head coach Scott Sandelin and the Bulldogs. However, four years is a long way away, and Anderson was recently selected by the Brandon Wheat Kings in the 9th round of the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.
Regardless, the 5-foot-10, 155-pound Anderson is a huge coup for UMD. The Bulldogs have had some elite players come through school lately, but Anderson may be the biggest recruiting victory for Minnesota-Duluth in the Sandelin era.
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