Anthony Banderas starred at linebacker and running back for Lincoln Southwest High School. He ran for 273 yards and four touchdowns as a senior and recorded 83 tackles over his final two years with four interceptions, one sack, one pass breakup and one blocked punt.
An honorable-mention all-state selection and all-city pick as a senior, Banderas also excelled in track and field. The 2018 Class A state champion in the discus, Banderas won two city championships in the shot put and one in the discus, one conference title in each event and was a two-time discus district champion. Southwest’s school record holder in the discus, Banderas finished second in the event at the 2017 state track meet before winning the title as a senior. He also placed third in the shot put at the 2017 state meet and fifth in 2018. In the classroom, Banderas was twice named to the football all-academic team.
Anthony's father, Tom, played tight end at Nebraska, lettering three years from 1985 to 1987. Anthony's older brother, Josh, was a four-year letterwinner at linebacker for the Huskers from 2013 to 2016.