Several members of Marshall's 2013 recruiting class - including Anderson, linebacker Stefan Houston, offensive lineman Tyler Combs and safety Taj Letman - took advantage of enrolling early.
Anderson, a Boca Raton (Fla.) High product, was encouraged to make that move by, among others, this private quarterback coach, former Marshall great Eric Kresser.
Kresser, who helped lead the Herd to the 1996 Division I-AA national title, said that if given the choice again in high school, he'd have enrolled early himself. He felt it would have given him a better chance to compete with Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel.
"When I came out of high school, there was a whole lot of information that I didn't have," Kresser said. "When I went to Florida, it was a shock to the system and I had to play catch-up. When a guy gets in front of you, it's hard to unseat him."
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THE HERD picked up its sixth verbal commitment for 2014 on Tuesday, when Myrtle Beach, S.C., tight end Ryan Yurachek announced via Twitter his intentions to sign with Marshall. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder caught 56 passes for 731 yards and seven touchdowns last season for Carolina Forest High.
Marshall is working much faster than last season in reeling in verbal commitments, which are non-binding until they sign letters of intent in February. The Herd has received six verbals since May 31. The team had just one verbal for the 2013 class before June 20, 2012.
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.