Scout.com Rating: Four-star
Scout.com Rank: No. 22 Defensive End
Size: 6-foot-3, 250-pounds
School: Daphne, Ala.
Projected Position: ‘Jack' Linebacker
Stats: Anderson finished his senior season with 104 tackles, 13 sacks and 20 tackles for loss. He had 75 tackles, 14 sacks, 11 tackles for loss and one interception during the 2010 season and helped Daphne win the Class 6A state championship.
ASWA Super 12, ASWA First Team; Anderson was edged out for lineman of the year by fellow 2012 Alabama commitment Reggie Ragland.
Commit Date: 04/16/2011
Strengths/Improvements: "I am trying to work on my coverge and drops. They said I could play inside or Jack. I like playing the Jack position. I like to rush the quarterback. I've been playing linebacker, but I still have a little defensive line in me. 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."
Recruiting Competition: Auburn, Kentucky, Tennessee
Why Alabama: "I just really like everything about Alabama. I like the facilities, the defense they run, and the coaches. There isn't anything I don't like. Alabama is where I wanted to be. I love the tradition and the coaching staff. I didn't really want to play anywhere else."
Coach Quote: "He is a super extroverted guy," said Daphne head coach Glen Vickery. "The guy that has fun. Ryan is he kind of guy that shows up to work every day, and similar to T.J., they are both very intelligent football players.
"He's extroverted and outgoing. He's a funny guy. He's the guy that can crack you up with his jokes and his actions, but when he gets on the field he is a tremendous competitor.
"I think with their strength program I think size is going to take care or itself. He showed up here at about 260. Both T.J. and Ryan it will be an adjustment for them in the weight room, but more than that probably the Division 1 college conditioning and running as they do. To me that's one of the biggest adjustments they have to go through.
"Ryan will be fine. He is one of the smartest kids we've coached, and I think he's going to jump in there and have great success.... Wallace Gilberry is his uncle.
"Ryan is just a natural-born leader. To me he is charismatic. He attracts hard-working people that are serious about the game and winning. He gets excited when there are a lot of people around him that feels the way he does. He brings excitement and leadership when he walks on the field or in the weight room."
Andrew Bone says: Ryan Anderson's stock soared during the summer and fall when he showcased his skills as one of the elite defensive recruits in the country. He landed in the final Scout 300, but could have easily been rated a National 100 prospect.
The 6-foot-3, 250-pound pass rusher will fit nicely at the ‘Jack' linebacker position where he projects on the Tide's roster. He plays with a lot of aggression, emotion and a very physical player. Anderson arrives in Tuscaloosa as a bigger version of Courtney Upshaw who came out of Eufaula. The coaching staff is looking for a replacement who won the Defensive MVP of the BCS National Championship. There is plenty of young talent on the Alabama team, and Anderson has his shot to play early.
Rebecca Johnston contributed to this report.
"He's a super, extroverted guy."
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