"Before, I guess people had the image that if Ohio State offered me, I wouldn't even give them a chance," he said Sept. 11 following Cleveland Glenville's road victory against Huber Heights Wayne.
Now the four-star safety prospect holds a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes. The 6-0, 195-pound athlete from Glenville was in Columbus on a field trip with the rest of his team Sept. 10 when he spoke with OSU cornerbacks coach Taver Johnson.
"He told me the letter went in the mail the day before," Anderson said. "I was excited but I was focused for the game so I didn't show it, but I'm really excited.
"That puts them on the list because even though a lot of out-of-state schools have offered me, Ohio State could be a better move for my life, being from Ohio. We'll see."
"It's not because I think they're bad schools or anything, but after doing research and looking at the people coming in with my class and the people who came in this year, I really don't feel that's a real good situation for me," Anderson said of both the Wolverines and the Spartans.
Anderson transferred into the program after spending the past three seasons at Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward. Since then, Glenville head coach Ted Ginn Sr. said he has seen Anderson take strides in becoming a better player away from the football field.
That, in turn, is what has led to the scholarship offer from the Buckeyes.
"Getting an offer from Ohio State is huge for him, whether he takes it or not," Ginn told BuckeyeSports.com. "That's on him, but I know that's huge for him because Ohio State is all about character and great kids. It's not all about football. For him, that's what he needs to be. Anywhere he goes, he needs to be about anything but football."
Anderson himself said he feels he has matured in the time spent with Ginn.
"When I first got here I was a little different from everybody else," he said. "I didn't really buy in to the program, but I've been around for a while and I realize that Coach Ginn is really here to help us with our lives. He knows that we can play football, but he's always talked to me about my character and putting a good image out there and keeping myself together."
Ginn said there are no concerns about Anderson's athletic abilities, and he showed that during his team's 57-28 victory. Anderson picked off Wayne quarterback Braxton Miller twice, the second of which was a one-handed grab that had the senior channeling his favorite NFL player: Pittsburgh Steelers standout Troy Polamalu.
"I was watching the Steelers-Tennessee game (Thursday) night and Polomalu, my favorite player, got a one-handed interception. I saw the ball in the air and I'm thinking, ‘one-handed.' "
He returned it nearly the length of the field, but a holding penalty negated most of the run. The Buckeyes are recruiting him to play cornerback, safety and kick returner, he said.
The next step for Anderson is to schedule a few visits. He will be in Columbus to see the Buckeyes host USC, and after that he has a couple other destinations in mind.
"Right now I'm trying to set up a visit to West Virginia for the Cincinnati game and a visit to Georgia for the Tennessee or Florida game," he said. "I'm really not too sure. I have to check the dates, but right now those are the only two."