Richy Anderson, a rising senior at Thomas Johnson, became the latest local football player to give his oral commitment to Maryland. Thursday night the son of former Sherwood All-Met Player of the Year and Penn State standout Richie Anderson took to Twitter to make his announcement, posting “I’m a Maryland Terp!” and then a picture of himself wearing a Maryland hat.

In a phone interview Friday, Anderson said he had narrowed his choices to Maryland, Wake Forest and Rutgers and went into an unofficial visit to College Park on Wednesday with the Demon Deacons as the clear front-runner.

After spending time with Terrapin players and coaches, Anderson changed his mind, sold on the chance to stay close to home and play a versatile role in new offensive coordinator Mike Locksley’s attack.

“I still felt confused [Wednesday], I didn’t know how I was going to decide,” Anderson said. “But when I woke up Thursday, something told me that I needed to go to Maryland. . . . My heart told me that’s where I needed to be, so I pulled the trigger.”

At 6-foot, 187 pounds, Anderson spent time in the backfield and split out wide for Thomas Johnson last season. The honorable mention All-Met pick racked up nearly 1,500 yards of total offense and 12 total touchdowns, helping the Patriots to a berth in the Maryland 3A final where they fell to River Hill.

Anderson joins a growing list of area players who have pledged to Maryland in recent weeks. Friendship Collegiate juniors Derwin Gray, Yannick Ngakoue and Cavon Walker picked the Terrapins last weekend, and eight of the team’s 10 commitments for the class of 2013 hail from Maryland or the District.

While Anderson said he came into the recruiting process expecting to keep his options open through the fall and make use of all his official visits, he didn’t hesitate following his gut feeling to stay close to home.

“I’m at peace with my decision,” Anderson said. “All the support I’ve been getting the past few days has just screwed it down even more for me and made it perfect.”