Alabama beats out Tennessee for Vols’ legacy


Keaton Anderson’s dad, brother and uncle all played for Tennessee, even though he’s from Florence (Ala.). So it just seemed like a no-brainer, right … follow in the family footsteps?


Anderson committed to Nick Saban and Alabama late this week, following up several unofficial visits to Tuscaloosa with the announcement. He is a 6-foot-1, 215-pound linebacker with 4.50-second speed in the 40-yard dash. The three-star prospect had an eye-popping 191 tackles for Florence H.S. last fall, and he also played on offense. Anderson’s father is Terry Anderson, while his brother is Carson and uncle is Charlie.

Along with the Vols, Kentucky and LSU had also offered, along with Clemson and Miami.

“I love Alabama,” Anderson told, the website for several Alabama-based newspapers. “The University of Alabama has been great to me. The coaching staff has always been very kind to me when I’ve been down, especially to my family. I’m very thankful for the opportunity to play there.”

Alabama now has a nation’s best 17 commitments and is still the No. 1 class in the land by a mile.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings for high school prospects.



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  • I follow recruiting closely and this is honestly the first I’ve heard of him… I don’t know if Butch Jones had the “full court press” on. I’m not dissing Keaton and I’m not saying Tennessee is “above” bammer in recruiting, but sounds like to me it was never an option from the beginning. I’m surprised Saban offered.

    • Well, Tennessee’s staff was on his HS campus about 3 weeks ago, he traveled to Knoxville in early April, he went to Tennessee’s junior day, he took 3 or 4 unofficials there last year and he was offered in February of his sophomore year. I think there may have been more interest than you think, plus the legacy thing is huge, traditionally. To me, the legacy thing can be an extra credit deal for a kid. Now, there could be a case of, “Butch was so certain he’d get the kid” that he may not have turned it up a notch (since this is still early) … that could always be the case. At any rate, we have what, 7 or 8 months left? Never know what could happen.

      • With him living in Florence, AL I’d say there’s more pressure around him to go to Alabama than to make the leap to Tennessee. His family will support his decision no matter what, however those in the community will chastise him. He’s also growing up in bammer’s “Golden Age” so I’m sure he doesn’t share the same connection to Tennessee that his dad, brother, & uncle do.

        • The Andersons are like the Gates of Florence Alabama. They make business decisions in every aspect of life. I’m sure the family just felt bama was the smartest decision for him. But yeah there is alot of “Bama Pressure” in Florence.