One of the crown jewels of LSU’s 2018 recruiting class has backed off his verbal commitment.
Adam Anderson, a blue-chip edge rusher from Georgia, de-committed from LSU in what became an inevitable next step.
The 4-star outside linebacker gave his verbal pledge to the Tigers along with his Rome (Ga.) High School teammates Jamarcus Chatman and Ja’Quon Griffin during an unofficial visit to Baton Rouge for the LSU spring game. The trio — a package deal — made the trip with offers from LSU and committed the morning of the game.
Chatman reopened his recruitment on Sunday in the aftermath of an unofficial stop at Tennessee, which extended an offer to Griffin earlier in the week. Chatman committed to the Vols last month.
The 6-foot-4, 214-pound Anderson is a top-40 prospect in the 2018 class. He is the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker and the No. 7 overall recruit out of the Peach State, according to the 247Sports composite rankings. Anderson was the highest-rated recruit in the Tigers’ class, which ranked No. 3 in the nation and tops in the SEC entering the day.
Sources in Georgia believe that Anderson, a one-time UGA commit, could return to the Bulldogs’ class in due time. Another potential landing spot could be Clemson, a likely destination given the university’s proximity to Anderson’s hometown and family.
Anderson’s de-commitment drops LSU’s total number of 2018 commitments to 20.