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 linebacker targets.
Adam Anderson de-commits from LSU
Adam Anderson’s decision Thursday night came as no surprise.
Rated the Class of 2018’s No. 1 outside linebacker by the 247Sports composite, the Rome (Ga.) High School star de-committed from LSU. It was only a matter of time before he decided to choose this route after his Rome teammate Jamarcus Chatman de-committed from the Tigers and committed to Tennessee last month. The Volunteers will also be in the mix for Anderson.
Staying closer to home is important to Anderson, and Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee offer him the best opportunities to do so. Alabama is 180 miles from Rome High School; Georgia is 133 miles and Tennessee is 166 miles. Staying close 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 around six 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 with our own Jeff 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.
Alabama has been actively recruiting Anderson, one of its top outside linebacker targets. But Georgia is seen as the clear favorite for Anderson. He was once committed to the Bulldogs and it’s the school he has visited the most. He’s comfortable there. The Crimson Tide will need to get him on campus to have a shot.
JJ Peterson still has Alabama on top
JJ Peterson spent last week at Nike headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., for The Opening Finals. Seeing the Pacific Northwest for the first time reshuffled Peterson’s top schools list.
Peterson, the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker from Colquitt County High School (Moultrie, Ga.), told SEC Country that Oregon is now No. 2 on his list behind Alabama. Auburn has now dropped to No. 3 followed by Georgia and Michigan, respectively.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect has an important visit to Oregon set for July 29.
“I like it here, man. I can’t lie,” Peterson said.
It’s very possible we get a final decision on what Peterson is going to do right after that trip. I personally don’t see Peterson winding up with the Ducks because he has a baby daughter, Alexandra, who he deeply loves and cares for. I do not see him moving to the other side of the country.
The Crimson Tide have led for several months, but he still doesn’t know what they have to do in order to lock in his commitment.
“I don’t know,” Peterson said. “I’m not the person who is going to run from battle when a spot is on the line. Alabama is great. My coach would like for me to go there, and I love him like a father.”
His coach is Rush Propst. Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt was Propst’s defensive coordinator while he was at Hoover (Ala.) High School. Those two remain good friends to this day. Propst is also close with Auburn offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey, as he also served under Propst.
Either way, Alabama is the clear favorite to land Peterson when he makes his commitment. It would be a big surprise if he ended up anywhere other than Tuscaloosa. He’s got that Crimson Tide mindset to him.
“I’m not going to say I’m the best,” Peterson said. “I don’t like saying I’m the best at anything I can do. That’s just me. I can’t say I’m the best here because I know I have so much work to do.”
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