Nation’s No. 2 OLB Adam Anderson updates his decision timeline
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Adam Anderson is a bad man flying in off the edge. The 6-foot-4 1/2, 230-pound outside linebacker terrorizes with his speed rush.
That’s his calling card on the field for a seriously loaded defending state champion team at Rome High.
But his college decision won’t be made quickly. The nation’s No. 2 OLB is going to take it slow.
Ask Anderson what he is thinking about his college decision and he’ll keep it generic.
He’ll drop phrases such as “all even” and “no one is standing out right now” when it comes to getting his Go-Go Gadget-ish arms around his decision.
Anderson has de-committed from both Georgia and LSU. The Bulldogs are still a contender. Those Bayou Bengals might not be because of location.
Anderson is pretty shrewd to answer those questions with that guarded tact. That probably might even be the way I would go about it.
New Adam Anderson timeline in mind
When will Anderson make his final college decision?
At first, he thought that he and his family still had a lot of pondering to do on that one.
“Not quite sure about that one,” Anderson said. “I will still have to talk about that with my family.”
Anderson recently took a big summer tour.
Alabama. Auburn. Clemson. LSU. Georgia. Tennessee. He saw all of those schools. But he also never missed a summer workout for his high school team.
Those schools basically are his finalists. He isn’t sure about the timing of the official visits that he’ll take this fall.
Then he came to the following conclusion about his timeline. He said something out loud and then it just sounded right to him.
“I guess I might find myself kind of close to deciding after our season,” he said. “Probably after that year. I might wait it out a bit with our season. Probably after then. Right around January or February.”
A learning process for Adam Anderson
What has he learned from his two commitments and subsequent de-commitments?
“I’ve learned to take my time and not rush things anymore,” Anderson said. “… Just because the fit feels good doesn’t mean to commit as soon as you feel that way. I am going to look more future-wise and what school will help me after college. It is as simple as that.”
What does he need to see now?
“I just look at all schools the same,” Anderson said. “There is no good school or bad school. I pretty much am just looking for which coaches or coach or which place is the best for me to go to right now.”
How Anderson has gotten better
Jamarcus Chatman, Anderson’s teammate at Rome, is committed to Tennessee. He was part of that three-pack of Wolves who committed to LSU back on April 22. Anderson said the ability to play with Chatman and Jaquon Griffin was the big reason he de-committed from UGA.
It was the chance to play with his best friends. The Wolves reunite on Saturdays. That was it. It wasn’t a general souring of the way he felt about UGA. It is ironic that Griffin still remains committed to LSU.
That guy is a terrific find for the Tigers. Most thought he was the throw-in for LSU to land both Anderson and Chatman. Those guys were more highly regard and LSU became Griffin’s first major offer.
But Griffin is the real deal. Benches 400 pounds. Squats 615. He’s undersized at about 6-0 and 265 pounds. There’s that. But I don’t think I’ve seen a better pure 3-technique at defensive tackle in quite some time.
Anderson has de-committed. Chatman de-committed and soon pledged to Tennessee. That commitment now sounds solid.
Chatman is trying to bend Anderson’s ear toward playing with him in Knoxville. He’s already seen a lot of improvement from his talented teammate.
“His speed has gotten way better,” Chatman said. “He’s way faster off the edge. Adam has also taken it to a new level with his hand placement. He’s gotten way better.”
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