The Minnesota Duluth men’s hockey team is cornering the market on young talented Andersons, or so it seems.

Holy Family Catholic sophomore-to-be Matt Anderson’s oral commitment to play for the Bulldogs, confirmed Wednesday after a weekend visit to Duluth, follows earlier commitments by Hill-Murray underclassmen and brothers Joey and Mikey Anderson.

The latest Anderson, who already has played two years of varsity hockey, is considered to be one of the best young defensemen in the state.

“I’ve always told everybody that I haven’t seen a kid like this in while - his composure with the puck, his hockey IQ, his strength,” Holy Family coach Noel Rahn said. “He does all the things that kids at an older age do and he started doing them as an eighth-grader. That separates him from a lot of the other kids in his birth year.

“Down the road, he’s going to be a really good Division I player and it wouldn’t surprise me if he somehow makes it past college and into the pro ranks, he’s that good of a player.”

The 5-foot-11, 170-pounder had three goals and 12 assists in his freshman season at Holy Family, a Victoria, Minn.-based private school, and impressed at select camps. Rahn said at least 15 Division I universities had showed interest in Anderson, but having played under UMD coach Scott Sandelin at the youth level may have made a difference.

“In the ‘’99 birth year, he’s definitely the top ‘D’ in the state,” Rahn said. “He’s had a relationship with Scott Sandelin for a long time. He played with the Lake Superior Stars, and Scott was the coach of that team, so Scott has known Matty since he was in squirts.”

Matt Anderson was unavailable for comment and UMD coaches are not allowed by NCAA rules to comment on recruits until they sign a letter of intent during their senior year.

Rahn says location was another factor.

“Matty is a northern boy,” the coach said. “His parents are from Roseau, so it’s not surprising that he committed to a northern school. Whether it would have been UMD, North Dakota or Bemidji State, I think he always was destined to go (north). He’s not a big-city type of kid. Our school at Holy Family is a smaller school and he likes the smaller atmosphere.”

Anderson wouldn’t be available to join the program until the 2017-18 season at the earliest.