Anderson gets ‘closure' on A-Day

Keaton Anderson is one of the top prospects in the state of Alabama and has become more and more of a priority for Nick Saban's staff of late. He's closing in on a potential commitment to one of the schools in his top five, and he was back in Tuscaloosa for another look at the Crimson Tide on A-Day.

Most prospects make visits for obvious reasons, to see schools of interest to help in the grand scheme of their recruitment, but the notion eventually becomes more specific as players draw closer and closer to potential commitments.

That can be said for Keaton Anderson, the Florence (Ala.) linebacker who made a second trip to Tuscaloosa to see Alabama in two weeks while taking in A-Day on Saturday.

"I really went this weekend so I could get more of a game atmosphere, so I can see it one last time, feel everything out and see how the players interact with the coaches," he said. "I got to talk to recruits, see everyone again and talk to some guys I wanted to make sure to see.

"I always like talking to Coach [Kevin] Steele, I also talked with Coach [Kirby] Smart for a little bit. I went to see some of the players like Reggie Ragland. I went with (teammate) Darius Smith, and (Tide junior linebacker) Reggie Ragland is his uncle. Just the way he talks about his coaches, he loves playing for Coach Steele. It's good to hear words like that."

The Crimson Tide is one of five schools still in the running for the three-star junior, along with Tennessee, LSU, Miami and Duke. In addition to speaking to coaches and prospects alike, however, the trip was also about scheme and how the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder could potentially fit at the next level.

"It put more closure to what I saw," Anderson said of the trip. "I'm trying to get more closure with these schools; I have a good feel for each school. I was just taking into consideration how everybody was treated. I wasn't sure if I was going to go because it's Easter weekend…but I'm really happy I was able to go with my dad and my coach (Jason Wallace).

"We were able to look at if I'll be able to fit in the system, if I'm the type of linebacker they want, the role, I definitely got closure on that. That's really what I wanted to see. I got closure on the role I'd play in that system."

Being recruited as an outside and/or weakside linebacker at Alabama, it will soon be time for one of the state's best to make another cut down on his list before a potential summer commitment.

"I'm pretty close to getting it down even further," he said. "I'm pretty close, but I'm trying to keep it to myself. My family and I are talking a lot, communicating with pros and cons with schools I like. Alabama is definitely a school of high, high interest.

"I have a strong liking for Alabama, with how prestigious they are and what they can do for the players – not just in football but for after football and the academics they provide."

Going forward, Anderson doesn't have any additional visit plans currently set. However, he does plan on seeing at least one additional school before cutting his list and making a decision. He has seen each of his finalists' campus of late.

"Then I'll probably be ready. If I am, I'll go ahead and commit," he said.

One player who was also on campus Saturday was indeed ready, as four-star linebacker Leo Lewis committed to Alabama during what became a flurry of commitments for the Crimson Tide on Saturday, landing four Scout 300 talents. The positional commitment doesn't make an impact in any way for Anderson at this time.

"I didn't have a clue. I talked to Leo (Lewis) before; I knew he liked Alabama from a previous visit," he said. "We had casual talks about it, but I knew Alabama was definitely a one or a two for him. He's a MIKE (linebacker), so that doesn't bother me. We don't play the same position, so it doesn't necessarily affect me."

Anderson tallied a state-leading 191 tackles as a junior, helping the Falcons make another deep playoff run in Class 6A.


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