But this trip was different.
Anderson made the some 10-hour trek from his home in Manvel, Texas, to Oxford without his parents. He had his reasons. Mostly, the 6-foot-1, 192-pound Anderson wanted to check out the Ole Miss coaching staff on his own, to see if Rebel head coach Hugh Freeze and Co. acted differently with only players around.
He got his answer.
“They’re just real people to be around, man, even without football,” he said.
Anderson, who boasts an extensive offer list that includes most every major school in the country, is a long way from a decision. He won’t announce his school of choice until the Under Armour High School All-America Game in January.
Still, Ole Miss has left an impression on Scout.com’s No. 68 overall prospect. His family, too. “They love it,” he said. “They probably love it more than me.” Anderson gives a lot of credit to Freeze, in his fourth year at Ole Miss, who Anderson said has acted as his primary recruiter.
“I talk to Hugh Freeze almost every time,” said Anderson, rated the No. 3 safety in the country. “(Ole Miss cornerbacks coach) Jason Jones, (safeties) coach (Corey) Batoon, I love all three of them.”
All in all, Anderson is taking it pretty easy this summer. While many prospects are filling the coming weeks with camp stop after camp stop, Anderson is focusing mostly on working out with his team, Manvel High School, and his upcoming senior season.
Not that he hasn’t taken some trips, with a couple more scheduled.
Anderson recently visited LSU for its annual “Bayou Picnic” recruiting event. Like Ole Miss, Anderson said he’s bonded with LSU head coach Les Miles and defensive backs coach Corey Raymond.
“I’ve got a great relationship with them, too,” he said. “It’s going to be a hard decision. I’m enjoying it right now.”
Some have assumed, in the end, Anderson will sign with Texas A&M. The Aggies are just down the road, and Anderson’s family has a long history with the school. And for Anderson, family comes first. He’s set to visit A&M again soon. He’ll also see Texas.
“That’s where everyone thinks I’m going to go. It’s right up the street, too. Not a bad choice,” Anderson said. “But it’s not about me, but about my family. I’m looking for a school that will take care of me and my family. They say a couple things here and there about some schools. They know at the end of the day it’s my decision to pick. They just want to make sure I make the right decision and don’t get messed over.”
With momentum on its side, that decision could very well come down to Ole Miss.
“I love it here,” he said. “It’s a great feeling.”