Adam Anderson is a 4-star junior outside linebacker from Rome High School. He’s almost at the 6-foot-6 mark in height and is already rated as the nation’s No. 7 prospect at his position.
Those are traits worth remembering, but he added another which will quickly raise his profile across the state of Georgia. Anderson became the second Class of 2018 prospect to commit to Georgia on Friday morning.
Anderson has a host of offers, but Rome coach John Reid felt he basically stopped keeping track after the ones came from Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State.
The 225-pounder has the length and speed that will instantly draw comparisons to Georgia first-round pick Leonard Floyd. Anderson ran on the 4X100 meter relay team for the Wolves and also plays basketball.
Reid estimated that Anderson is fast enough clock a 4.6 laser time in the 40-yard dash.
“Just wait till you see him run,” Reid said. “He runs like no one should at his size and length.”
Anderson has a thin frame and his upper body and torso will resemble that of a skill player, but he’s already power cleaning close to 300 pounds. While Anderson will obviously look like Floyd, Reid compared the way he plays to Florida all-time great LB Jevon Kearse. Kearse turned offensive tackles into turnstiles in the SEC and went on to a long career after being selected in the first round of the 1999 NFL Draft.
247Sports.com’s Rusty Mansell first reported the commitment on Friday morning. Anderson told Mansell it was a “lifelong dream” to play for Georgia.
The 16-year-old becomes the second commitment for the Class of 2018 at Georgia. Max Wray, a four-star offensive tackle from Tennessee, was the first pledge for the 2018 class back in April.
Mansell reported that Anderson called Georgia coach Kirby Smart this morning to deliver the news. Smart sent out a tweet this morning that shared his thoughts on the decision.
— Coach Kirby Smart (@KirbySmartUGA) August 5, 2016
It also looks like there’s officially a hashtag for all the 2018 commitments. The 2017 class goes by #SICEM17 and Smart christened Anderson and Wray’s group with the #RareBreed18 tag.
Jeff Sentell covers UGA football and UGA recruiting for AJC.com and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Follow him on Twitter for the latest on who’s on their way to play Between the Hedges. Unless otherwise indicated, player rankings and ratings are from the 247Sports Composite.