Judd Anderson wasn’t given much of a chance to shine on Ridgeland High School’s football team as a sophomore, playing in a Wing-T offense, but his live arm and poise, when given the chance, jumped off the screen.
With a transfer to pass-happy Jones County High School in Gray, Georgia ahead of his junior season, Anderson will be given the chance to showcase what’s already made him a fast-rising quarterback in the class of 2024 — and it’s only going to get quicker as more teams take notice.
Anderson (6-foot-6, 210-pound three-star quarterback) caught the eye of Pitt, Pitt’s quarterback coaches especially, and he picked up his second Division I offer. A few weeks after the offer, he made his way up to Pittsburgh for Pitt’s 2022 Blue-Gold Spring Game for his first look at what could be his future home.
“The facilities were awesome,” Anderson told PSN. “I mean they share it with the Steelers, so you’re seeing how the NFL guys train and get their bodies right. A lot of great things, for sure, stood out, and it was just awesome seeing such a historic city in itself.”
With a visit to Heinz Field for the spring game, Anderson was able to get a feel for the city — spending Saturday night touring around Pittsburgh — while also seeing how Pitt operates in its facilities and in game-like situations.
“The game was awesome, and you can tell that the program is still hungry to win, and everyone supports one another in the locker room,” Anderson said.
In getting to watch the spring game up close and seeing how everyone interacts at Pitt’s South Side facility, Anderson said he was able to see how much fun the team has. Seeing Pitt play really reinforced the feeling for Anderson.
And, of course, in visiting Pitt, he was able to continue fostering the early relationships with Pitt’s coaching staff. Anderson said the entire staff has been awesome, making his early relationship great, and he’s spent the most time talking to assistant quarterbacks coach Jonathan DiBiaso — with a shared goal of growing closer.
“Coach Cignetti and I had some great talks this weekend about recruiting his journey to Pitt, and many more things,” Anderson said. “You can tell he’s a great guy.”
247Sports has not yet given Anderson a national ranking, but he’s ranked as the 30th quarterback and 34th recruit from Georgia in the Class of 2024. Rivals hasn’t yet rated Anderson either, but it’s only a matter of time now as his recruiting process heats up. Anderson has made visits to Pitt and Georgia now, and he said he’ll be in Florida this week.
And despite what will be a busy summer, Anderson said he wants to make it back out to Pittsburgh this summer for another camp or workout.