Keaton Anderson, the safety?

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- Alabama has long coveted versatile defensive players, resulting in some position changes, and it may be on the verge of another with three-star Keaton Anderson.

Being asked to do more than one thing on the football field is nothing new to Alabama commitment Keaton Anderson.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder is projected to play middle linebacker by Scout, but may that change in the near future?

This week, the three-star is playing multiple linebacker spots for Team Alabama with the clash against Mississippi's best set for Saturday at noon.

"I'll probably stay outside this week and I can fall back in the box if necessary," he said. "The linebackers are rotating, getting a feel for every spot, so I can play any one of the three."

At the next level, Anderson's speed and ability to play well in space has led to early Vinnie Sunseri comparisons. The former Alabama safety also played linebacker in high school.

"It's whatever the coaches want," he said. "I'm one of those guys, wherever you put me, I'm going to give it the best I've got. I'll give you 100 percent and make things work out of it. Wherever they see me best, wherever in the system, that's good with me.

"I've played DB and I played DB a bunch this season. I actually played safety against Clay (Chalkville), because Dee Smith got hurt. I did it a couple of games this season, so I'm comfortable there."

Even within a linebacker group with fellow SEC commitments Darrell Williams, Amonte Caban, Richard McBryde and Jalen Henry while practicing in Montgomery, Anderson continues to stand out in space.

"LB, of course, is first nature to me but safety is second nature to me so it's not like I'm losing a step at safety," he said.

Anderson, who is currently tabbed as the nation's No. 13 middle linebacker on Scout, is one of six Crimson Tide commitment participating at the 28th annual All-Star game.

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