'My adrenaline was rushing'

Versatility on defense is something Nick Saban always prefers of his prospects, and he offered a young one that fits the mold on Tuesday. Get inside to find out what it means for the SEC legacy.

Class of 2015 linebacker talent Keaton Anderson already had a big SEC offer to his name before Tuesday, but he added arguably the biggest one in the afternoon.

"Alabama offered me a full scholarship," he said. "It means a whole lot. Being in my home state, all my friends are Alabama fans. The tradition there is just crazy, so to get something that big, from the number one school in the nation is awesome.

"I'm just truly blessed."

The Florence (Ala.) rising junior learned of the news from the Crimson Tide head man, himself.

"My coach got me on the phone with Nick Saban at about 2:30," said Anderson. "My first thought was more like a 'wow, is this really happening?'

"My adrenaline was rushing, so I was pretty pumped."

"He was just talking about the tradition at Alabama and the success they've had," the 6-foot-1, 215 pounder continued. "He wants me to visit. He thinks I'm a great player with a knack for the ball. He said he was very impressed with my film.

"He was real cool, he wasn't trying to get me to commit on the spot or anything like that."

The offer was well received at the Anderson household as well despite Terry Anderson's alma mater.

"My dad came and saw me after it happened, he actually played at Tennessee, but he's all for where I want to go," said Anderson. "He was pumped, he chest-bumped me and was ready to go, so it was awesome.

"My parents just want what's best for me."

With the offer from UA now on his list along with UT, the previous visits to each school mean that much more.

"I've been to Tennessee some, and was there for the spring game," he recalled. "I went to Alabama during spring, got to see the facilities and talked to Coach Saban. Those facilities, you really can't beat. At all."

Anderson, who also plays some offense for Florence, knows his versatility is something Saban and company covets.

"I can do whatever," he admitted. "I can play wherever. I can play safety, outside linebacker, inside if they want to stick me in there - it's wherever they want to put me.

"In the Alabama role, he (Saban) said I'd be more of a Dime guy, like an outside linebacker and safety type."

Now with two top-notch offers to his name, Anderson is looking for more from the game's top conference.

"I'm 100 percent open to anybody," he said. "Tennessee and Alabama are my top because of the offers, but a close third is LSU. They came to watch my spring game. Ole Miss, too. Really, any SEC school would be big for me.

"I want to play in the SEC, that's my dream."

While the dream is likely to be realized for the 2015 standout, who's older brother Carson Anderson also played for UT, don't a commitment before many more sit-downs with the family.

Said Anderson, "I still got a while, I'm young. I don't plan on making a decision any time soon."

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