Welcome to SEC Country’s daily Roll Tide-ings, a rundown of everything happening in Alabama Crimson Tide recruiting with Chris Kirschner. Today, we talk the latest with one of Alabama’s top outside linebacker targets.
Adam Anderson committing this Thursday
Georgia is shaping up to be Alabama’s biggest competitor on the recruiting trail, and the two SEC powerhouses will battle it out once again for the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker this Thursday, according to SEC Country’s Jeff Sentell. Adam Anderson was originally going to announce his commitment after the season, but now he’ll make his decision on his birthday.
Anderson, a 4-star prospect from Rome (Ga.) High School, has seen his recruitment shape up to be a Bulldogs-Crimson Tide battle since he de-committed from LSU during the summer. Before calling himself a Tiger, Anderson was once committed to Georgia. The main reason why Anderson de-committed from the Bulldogs in the first place had to do with two of his Rome teammates, Ja’Quon Griffin and Jamarcus Chatman, being committed to LSU. Chatman has since flipped to Tennessee, while Griffin is pledged to LSU.
I believe Anderson’s recruitment will end with him deciding on the uncommon re-commitment. Alabama felt good about where it stood with Anderson coming out of his visit to Tuscaloosa on Sept. 30 for the Ole Miss game — but as time passed, Georgia started to regain the momentum once again.
It should be noted that while Anderson was in Tuscaloosa for the Ole Miss game, so was 5-star quarterback Justin Fields, who committed to Georgia earlier this month. Every time I saw Anderson on the sidelines or in the stands, Fields was right next to him chopping it up. While Fields was publicly uncommitted at the time, he has known for quite some time that he was going to choose the Bulldogs. Perhaps Fields was recruiting Anderson on that trip? It’s very possible.
Alabama has a puncher’s chance with Anderson, but it’s just a small one at this time. Here’s what he said about the Crimson Tide last month in an interview with SEC Country:
“I’ve been talking to them every once in a while,” Anderson said. “I’m not sure yet if they will get an official visit. I’m focused on my high school season right now. I’m also going to see how their season goes and visit after.”
The main reason why Georgia is viewed as the team to beat on Thursday is because of the hometown pressure Anderson receives to stay home and play for the Bulldogs.
“It’s almost every day,” Anderson said. “It’s great knowing people care about where you go to school, and they hope you go to their school.”
Staying closer to home is important to Anderson because of all the adversity he has faced in his life.
Both his older sister and stepfather died little more than a year ago, leaving his mother to raise Adam and his younger brother, who is deaf, on her own. What’s remarkable about Anderson is he still finds a way to carry on. His Rome High coaches estimate that Anderson walked approximately 6 miles at 6 a.m. to get to church on Easter. He didn’t have a ride.
“I wanted to be there in church on Sundays,” Anderson said in a story by Sentell. “I’ve got a good relationship with God that I hope to keep working on getting better. He’s blessed me with a lot and I want to make sure I know I’m so very thankful for what he’s done for my life.”
That’s the kind of guy Anderson is and one you can root for no matter if he chooses the Bulldogs on Thursday.
Other Alabama OLB targets to know if Adam Anderson chooses Georgia
The good news for the Crimson Tide is that there are plenty of major targets at outside linebacker and Jack linebacker who are strongly considering Alabama this year. It’s a deep class at the position.
Alabama has two Jack linebackers committed in 4-star prospects Jordan Davis and Cameron Latu. The Tide are considered the favorites to land 4-star prospect Eyabi Anoma when he makes his decision. The team is also strongly in the mix for 5-star prospect KJ Henry, who’s seriously considering Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.
JJ Peterson, the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker, is expected to choose Alabama when he makes his commitment. Peterson is being recruited as an inside linebacker but definitely could play outside in college.
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