April 22, 2011

Commit Update: Ryan Anderson

It's been only a week since Ryan Anderson made his commitment to the University of Alabama, but in that time the Daphne star has heard from a number of other schools, had his defensive coordinator leave and made the decision to enroll early at Alabama.

Anderson said a number of other schools have called him this week to recruit him even though he made his decision to go to UA.

"A bunch of schools are talking to me and still trying to recruit me," Anderson said.

However, Anderson hasn't reconsidered his decision and said he knows Alabama is the right place for him.

"I like Alabama's defense," Anderson said. "I like everything they're doing and the position they want me to play. I'm real comfortable with the coaches up there and the atmosphere, so I wanted to go ahead and commit."

During his visit for A-Day, Anderson met with UA head coach Nick Saban and assistant coaches Kirby Smart and Jeremy Pruitt. The Crimson Tide staff made it clear they wanted Anderson to play the Jack linebacker position when he gets to Tuscaloosa.

"I feel good about playing the position," Anderson said. "You can do a lot of different stuff there. There's nothing I can't do. That's the position I want to play, and that's why I chose Alabama."

The 6-foot-3, 250-pound defender played on the defensive line his first three years in high school, but this year he's making the transition to linebacker. Anderson said the move was going well, but his defensive coach at Daphne High School left Thursday for another job.

"I was working on what he wanted me to do, his defense, and I was buying into what he wanted me to do at linebacker," Anderson said. "Now I've got to go back and start all over again."

Despite going through the coaching transition, Anderson feels that Daphne has enough talent to win another state title. In addition to him, Daphne has another all-state caliber player in T.J. Yeldon, who is also a Crimson Tide target.

"That's one of my best friends right there," Anderson said. "We hang out just about every day."

This weekend, the two are down at the beach together on spring break, and Anderson said he's trying to persuade his teammate to come to Alabama with him. "Yeah, I've already talked to him about it," Anderson said. "He's not sure he wants to be a defensive player there, so I had to sit down and talk to him. I just about got him."

Yeldon visited Auburn for the Tigers' spring game after plans to ride to Tuscaloosa with Anderson for A-Day fell through. Yeldon will likely choose between the two in-state schools.

To cap off the busy week for Anderson, he decided he wants to graduate high school early in December and enroll at UA in January.

"I can get a lead on everybody who's coming in," Anderson said.

He plans to major in business management at Alabama.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.

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