As stated above, the #1 recruiting rule is you need to get a QB every year. In an effort to satisfy that foundational requirement, Miami worked to connect with Warner Robins (GA) QB Judd Anderson
A 6’6” 210lb signal-caller, Anderson fits the “type” that Miami OC Shannon Dawson likes to recruit. Last year’s signee, Emory Williams, is 6’5” 220lbs, so basically a physical clone of Anderson. Hey, if you have a type, you have a type. And, hopefully, that type pays off in the future for the Canes.
Anderson first got on the radar as a basketball player. A legit 6’6”, he averaged 19.1 points and 16.2 rebounds at Ridgeland as a sophomore in 2021. Anderson played QB for Ridgeland, but they run an 80%+, run-heavy Wing-T offense, so it’s not like he got to showcase his skills to their best effect.
After moving to Jones County (GA) as a junior, Anderson took over a passing offense for the first time, with mixed results. While leading the Greyhounds to the Georgia 5A playoffs with a 6-5 season record, Anderson completed 144 of 255 passing attempts (55% completions) for 1776 yards, with 15 TDs and 13 INTs. Anderson added 2 rushing touchdowns along the way during the season.
Though those numbers aren’t the most eye-popping in the world, Anderson’s combination of size, potential, and finally some experience in a passing offense was enough to get some interest. While smaller schools like Eastern Michigan reached out with offers after the season, Miami also jumped into the fray with an offer. Anderson gained an offer from Georgia Tech on an unofficial visit in the spring of 2023 as well.
After unofficial visits to Tennessee and North Carolina saw Anderson leave without scholarship offers, Miami made a decisive move to lock down the signal caller in the 2024 recruiting class. Anderson took an unofficial visit to Coral Gables in April, and that was that. He committed to Miami the next day.
Following his commitment, Anderson continued to visit Miami. He was part of the massive official visit weekend on June 23rd, then came back in July for Legends Camp. And, like many of his fellow classmates, Anderson took an unofficial visit to Hard Rock Stadium for Miami’s non-conference game against Texas A&M in September.
Anderson went back to Jones County and started his season. In two games, he had 246 yards passing, 4 passing TDs, and 2 rushing TDs. After those 2 games, Anderson pulled a Jake Garcia and transferred to a bigger, better school. It was then that he made the move to Warner Robins.
In 13 games for Warner Robins, Anderson showed VAST improvement to his game. 232 for 315 passing (73.6% completions) for 2917 yards, 30 TDs and 7 INTs. Anderson added 135 yards rushing and 3 TDs as well. So, basically, he doubled his production from his junior season, while stepping up in competition level and leading his team to an undefeated 6-0 record in their Region. Anderson led Warner Robins to the Georgia 5A State Quarterfinals, where they lost to eventual State Runner-Up Creekside.
Senior Year Stats— Judd Anderson (@JuddAnderson22) December 9, 2023
Warner Robins (13 games)
2917 passing yards
33 total tds
3052 total yards
Jones County (2 games)
2 rushing tds
4 passing tds
Total senior year (15 games)
3163 passing yds
39 total tds
3298 total yds pic.twitter.com/DdGUuNKBed
Through this breakout season, Anderson remained steadfast in his commitment to Miami. Anderson is one of the most vocal players on social media, and has taken an active role in trying to recruit other players to The U. That’s the kind of leadership you want to see from your QB recruit, and Anderson is he for Miami in this class.
On the 247sports composite, Anderson is a 3-star prospect, the #61 QB nationally, #127 in the State of Georgia, and #1064 player overall in this class.
Anderson committed to Miami over a list of 12 scholarship offers from around the country.
As A Player
The first thing you notice about Anderson is his basketball wing/forward size. A legit 6’6” 210lbs, as I said in the bio, he fits the physical prototype that Shannon Dawson clearly prefers. Anderson has a clean release that is more traditionally over the top than, say, Tyler Van Dyke’s three-quarters release. So, Anderson has fewer passes batted down, because he plays to his height with his motion and release point.
Anderson has a good arm. It’s not the strongest I’ve ever seen, but good enough to get the job done. With that arm, Anderson loves to push the ball vertically down the field. With that mentality, it’s easy to see why OC Dawson likes Anderson.
Pocket presence and movement is actually pretty good on film from Anderson. He has an awareness of the QB clock (yanno, not standing still in the pocket too long), and stays balanced as he climbs the pocket. This is where his past as a basketball player comes in handy; Anderson is comfortable moving around, even if he’s not the fastest player on the field. Anderson keeps his eyes down the field when moving in the pocket, preferring to throw for yardage instead of escaping to run. But, Anderson can tuck it and go if necessary.
Though there was improvement in this area as a senior — as evidenced by the VASTLY improved numbers — Anderson’s accuracy in the short and intermediate parts of the field can use fine tuning. Again, steps along this path were taken this season — just look at the first 3 throws him Anderson’s senior highlights; all in-breaking routes in the intermediate part of the field, and all on target — but there’s still room for more growth.
The other thing that stands out about Anderson and makes him more of a developmental player than plug-and-play: he’s only played high level football for 1 year. Jones County (where he played as a junior) isn’t really great, and Ridgeland (where he played as a sophomore)....no. I think it’s a good sign that Anderson showed improvement as a senior, but that journey is ongoing, not concluded.
- Multi-sport athletic experience
- Strong arm
- More mobile than you might think
- Limited experience against high-level competition
- Ongoing development
Also, I’m posting both his junior and senior HUDL tapes, so you can see the growth in skill and performance for yourselves.
Note: changed this up from just a freshman-season outlook to a career outlook for each player a couple years ago and we’re continuing that style this year as well.
Anderson is a take for Miami, especially with his development and improvement as a senior, but he’s a developmental player for the program.
Miami is pushing towards a “win now” roster. With that being the case, a developmental player like Anderson will need to do his development on Greentree practice field for a few mango seasons before he’s in a legit battle to start.
Miami will likely go with a transfer QB in 2024, then have a competition in 2025. Anderson would love to integrate himself into the 2025 QB battle, but it remains to be seen if he’ll be able to do so.
Miami will try to recruit over him at this spot in the 2025 recruiting class, so Anderson’s path to the field in Coral Gables is thru a very small window in the 2025 QB battle only, unless injuries at the position open up other opportunities for him to gain playing time.
That’s it for this installment of The Recruiting Notebook.