Keaton Anderson was about to get to dinner with his family while in Tuscaloosa on Thursday night when he decided to release some big news about his recruitment via Twitter.
Anderson would confirm his commitment to Alabama with BamaMag.com moments after the post, adding that Tuscaloosa "just felt like home" as his biggest reason for pulling the trigger.
The three-star middle linebacker projection from Florence (Ala.) High School turned down several schools in favor of the Crimson Tide, including finalist Tennessee, where several family members played football. Miami, Duke and LSU were the remaining programs in the hunt for his commitment after spring ball wrapped up at Florence.
At 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, Anderson led the state of Alabama with 191 tackles in 2013 during a banner junior campaign. A landmark in his recruitment was last month, when he admitted he got "closure" on Alabama's plan for him at A-Day.
"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," he said on April 19. "That's really what I wanted to see. I got closure on the role I'd play in that system."
Anderson relayed that Nick Saban and company project him to play on the weakside of the defense, utilizing his ability in space as a linebacker. He becomes the 17th overall pledge for UA and the fifth in-state pledge for the Tide in 2015, joining four-stars DeSherrius Flowers and Lester Cotton as well as three-stars Christian Bell and Anfernee Jennings.
Alabama continues to hold the top spot in the team recruiting rankings on Scout.com.
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