Anderson is the first position player to commit to Miami in the 2024 cycle and is the Canes’ second commitment, joining Shreveport (La.) C.E. Byrd kicker Abram Murray. The 6-foot-6, 217-pound signal-caller’s announcement comes just one day after his first visit to Miami Thursday. Anderson, the No. 61 quarterback in the On300, chose Miami over multiple programs including Georgia Tech and Ole Miss.
Anderson told CaneSport Thursday that he was immediately placing Miami in his list of top schools following the visit. After a night to sleep on things, he decided to lock himself into the Hurricanes.
“I was thinking about it a lot with my parents beforehand, and we just wanted to get down,” Anderson said. “My dad, we get to practice and he’s just like, ‘What else would you want?’ They checked all of the boxes. That’s the biggest thing. Everything they did, they just checked the boxes.”
Miami had been pushing for Anderson to commit for some time, and offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson had impressed him throughout his recruitment. Anderson had been silently thinking about committing to Miami heading into his visit to Coral Gables, and once he took the visit, his mind was made up.
“I kind of committed in coach (Mario) Cristobal’s office yesterday. It was definitely special,” Anderson said. “Coach Cristobal’s sitting there, coach Dawson’s sitting there, coach Dennis Smith is sitting there, and we’re all sitting there talking and chatting it up, and I’m like, ‘Hey, I wanna go ahead and commit!’ It kind of shocked them. Usually recruits want to wait a few days, but I was just ready to do it. Ready to shut it down for me.”
Anderson regarded Coral Gables as “this secluded spot that’s paradise” and felt like Miami has something special happening on its campus. He’s also a strong believer in the Canes’ offensive line to give him the best protection possible, which also alleviated his mother’s worries about potential injuries.
And after making his commitment, he’s ready to shut down his recruitment.
Anderson’s commitment comes as a total surprise to Hurricanes fans, but it should be viewed as a welcome one. Miami has landed a commitment from undoubtedly the most important on-field position in the class, and it could potentially be a signal to other members of the 2024 class to commit.
With the Hurricanes taking their quarterback for the class, it also frees up offensive coordinator Shannon Dawson to become more heavily involved in recruiting other offensive positions — namely wide receiver, which Miami needs to add serious depth to in this recruiting cycle after only taking two at the position a year ago.
Question marks are also thrown into Miami’s big board as a result of Anderson’s commitment, including who will be next to commit and how this affects other Hurricane quarterback targets.
Anderson and 2024 four-star quarterback Air Noland had emerged as Miami’s top quarterback targets in the cycle. Noland will announce Saturday night between Ohio State, Miami, Alabama and others.
But Anderson wasted no time in committing to The U after taking his lone trip to Coral Gables. He’s also hoping to return for an official visit this summer.
Miami had also been recruiting Phoenix (Ariz.) Sunnyslope three-star Luke Moga, but decided Friday to take Anderson’s commitment.