Former top football recruit accused of armed robberies in East Cleveland, Garfield Heights –

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Latwan AndersonLatwan Anderson on Dec. 15, 2009. (Scott Shaw / The Plain Dealer) 

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — A former top football recruit from Glenville High School is accused of robbing a Family Dollar store at gunpoint.

Latwan Anderson, 24, was arrested about noon Friday on suspicion of aggravated robbery, according to police. He has not yet been formally charged.

Anderson robbed the store at the intersection of Euclid and Strathmore avenues with a loaded gun, police said.

Anderson is charged in a Jan. 10 armed robbery at the Shell gas station in the 6000 block of Turney Road in Garfield Heights. A warrant was issued for his arrest on Feb. 8, according to Garfield Heights police.

Anderson tackled an employee and pointed a gun at his head during the Garfield Heights robbery. He also pointed the gun at a customer who walked into the store.

Anderson was rated the 15th best high school football recruit in the country in 2010 coming out of Glenville High School, according to

He was named to the Parade Magazine All-American football team after his senior season. He had 45 tackles, three sacks, broke up five passes and led the area with 11 interceptions that year.

Anderson also had a successful high school career as sprinter. He had the country’s fastest time for the 200-meter dash and second fastest 400-meter time.

Glenville was the third high school he attended. He started out at Euclid High School and was kicked out of St. Edward after a confrontation with a teacher.

The defensive back and kick-return specialist was recruited by Ohio State and University of Southern California. Some recruiters were scared off by his off-the-field troubles.

He committed to West Virginia but backed out and never signed a letter of intent. 

He signed with Miami (Florida) on a track scholarship and was expected to play football there too. He left after a few months. He went to two community colleges before going to Eastern Michigan.

Anderson ended up back in the Cleveland area by transferring to Notre Dame College for the 2015 season. He had two years of eligibility left. Anderson is no longer listed on the school’s football roster.