What happened from that point until he woke up in the morning changed markedly, and led to the Gov. Thomas Johnson High (Frederick, Md.) athlete committing to Terps coach Randy Edsall.
"My heart told me," Anderson said. "Wednesday night when I was down there I was still confused. I had Wake Forest and Rutgers that I was in love with as well, but when I woke up Thursday and I went it to talk to coach Edsall, something hit me and told me that's where I wanted to be, and that's where I wanted to play my football."
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Anderson said the decision had as much to do with football as his non-athletic pursuits.
"I like the support I'm going to get around here," he said. "Also, after football, what I want to major in and study is criminology and criminal justice. Maryland's program is top of the line. After football, I'll be right in the middle of everything, right in the middle of internships. It's just a good decision for my life."
On the field, Anderson is expected to bring versatility, be it playing as a receiver or a running back.
"(Offensive coordinator Mike) Locksley sees that I'm a runner who plays receiver," Anderson said. "I'll be in the backfield, and in the slot. He challenged me. He told me the more I can learn, the more different things I'll be able to do. I'll be able to move inside, move outside, move in the backfield.
"He sees me in the Percy Harvin role, which is what I've been trying to model my game after for a while."
Another factor in Anderson's decision was the recent role local recruits are playing in the process.
The hiring of Locksley coincided with standouts Wes Brown, Albert Reid and Stefon Diggs joining the 2012 class, and the Terps recently added commitments for the 2013 class from four-star linebacker Yannick Ngakoue and four-star offensive tackle Derwin Gray.
"I feel like Maryland is a big pool for football to pull from, but they don't," Anderson said. "People don't believe in guys from a small state, but I do. The guys that have been committing there recently, guys they got in last year's class, Maryland guys are staying. The reason is because the program is growing rapidly."