Nihym Anderson, a freshman linebacker at Maryland, has left the program and will transfer, according to a team spokesman. The school granted Anderson a complete release, meaning he will be able to transfer to any school in the country, though he will have to sit out this coming season under NCAA rules.
[Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported that Anderson would be eligible to play immediately as a transfer.]
Anderson is the first player to leave the program since media reports described a toxic culture at Maryland. Fellow linebacker Brett Shepherd left a few days before ESPN’s report Aug. 10. Since then, Coach DJ Durkin and two other staffers have been placed on administrative leave. Head strength and conditioning coach Rick Court reached a settlement and resigned days after being placed on leave.
Anderson was a three-star recruit and the No. 23 overall prospect from New Jersey in the Class of 2018, according to 247Sports. The recruiting website lists Anthony Tucker as the Maryland coach who recruited Anderson. Tucker now coaches running backs at Central Florida.
Roman Stubbs contributed to this report.