Often flashing on the field opposite and sometimes alongside Anderson was junior Erroll Thompson, who has become one of the hotter prospects in the Yellowhammer State since.
Now that the senior class at Florence has made way for the underclassmen to lead, the interest in the 6-foot-2, 255-pound athlete has soared. Mississippi State, Michigan and others created buzz when pulling the trigger on the Scout.com defensive end projection, but his latest offer created plenty of movement on his growing list.
"I talked to coach (Nick) Saban and he informed me that I was offered," Thompson said. "It was over the phone. He said he likes my toughness my motor, the speed I have for my size and my play-making ability.
"Words can't explain how much it means, just a blessing to have the opportunity to be able to play for one of the best programs ever."
Alabama covets the rising-senior as a linebacker, so the possibility of again playing with Anderson is on the table. The close friends spoke later Thursday.
"Really just giving me advice telling me to stay humble and trying to recruit me down to 'Bama," he said of his former teammate, with a laugh.
While Thompson didn't give a verbal commitment to the in-state Crimson Tide, the news shuffled his current list of scholarship offers.
"Alabama is at the top, no doubt," he said. "Just because everything they have to offer. I mean, it's 'Bama."
The timing of the offer could prove beneficiary to Saban, lead recruiter Kirby Smart and company as Thompson is one of many top prospects expected in Tuscaloosa for the annual spring game on Saturday.
Without a concrete timetable for a decision, another look at campus isn't likely to dampen UA's lead for a commitment.
"I'm going to A-Day this Saturday," Thompson said. "I'm looking forward to the atmosphere, the scrimmage and just being down there at the facilities."