Ryan Anderson talks official visit

Ryan Anderson, three-star defensive end from Daphne, Ala., has decided to enroll early at the University of Alabama. He took an official visit to the Capstone this past weekend. The trip came a day after his team suffered their first loss in two years. The Trojans remain in the hunt for the state title.


"There is nothing to say," Ryan Anderson said about their loss to McGill-Toolen last week. "We just didn't come out to play. We thought it was going to be easy. We lost to a team that shouldn't have beat us. If we play them 100 times we would beat them 99.

"Our practices have been going good. We have been getting after it. We always get after it. We have just been doing enough to win games. We are going to go out there and dominate now."

Daphne will need to come out swinging when they host Opelika next week in the first round of the AHSAA state playoffs. Opelika beat highly-touted Prattville this season.

Anderson is set to graduate from Daphne in December and went ahead with the official visit for the Tennessee game.

"The official visit was good," he said. "It was a little different than all the other visits. We had breakfast at coach Saban's house on Sunday. That was cool.

"I spoke to coach Saban a little bit. He didn't really say too much. He talked about academics. That was about it. Of course we went to the game. We started off a little slow. We came out hot in the second half. I am glad we got the win."

Anderson spent a lot of time with the defensive coaches who haven't decided where the 6-foot-3, 250-pound athlete will start his college career.

"I got to spend some time with coach Sal [Sunseri] and coach Smart," Anderson said. "I spent a lot of time with coach Pruitt. They really don't know where I will play yet. They are going to bounce me around in the spring.

"They want to see where I can make an immediate impact. I think I can make an impact at the 'Jack' linebacker or 'Mike' linebacker position. I just have a lot of stuff I have to learn before I can go out and play. It's really about learning. Once I learn the stuff I can go 100 miles per hour."

Anderson spent time with future teammates and one uncommitted player.

"I hung out with Dillon Lee, Chris Black and Cyrus Jones," he said. "Those are the main guys I hung out with. I spent some time with Cyrus Jones. I hope we get him. He is a good football player and a cool dude."

Anderson also discussed the opportunity to enroll early.

"That's what I am nervous about," he said. "I am changing different levels so fast. I do think it's a big advantage for me. I set myself up to be able to do this. It should help me out a lot."

Anderson will likely return to Tuscaloosa in two weeks for the LSU game.

"I can't really say too much about it because I am not the one who has to prepare for it," he said. "I know it's going to be a really good game."

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