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Back in the fold: Rome’s Anderson a Georgia commit again

Georgia commit Adam Anderson.
Georgia commit Adam Anderson.

Adam Anderson is a Georgia commit once again.

Anderson, a star outside linebacker at Rome, revealed Thursday night that he has committed to the Bulldogs.

Anderson, who celebrated his 18th birthday Thursday, chose Georgia over Alabama. He is the third outside linebacker prospect in the class, joining Miller Grove’s Caleb Tannor and Marietta’s Azeez Ojulari.

Anderson’s latest commitment to Georgia is the third of his recruitment, and he was once committed to the Bulldogs before. The in-state product publicly stated his intentions to play for Georgia on Aug. 5, 2016 as one of the first commitments of the 2018 class. That changed April 22 — just as the G-Day spring game was set to begin in front of a horde of prospects.

Anderson took a trip to LSU with teammates Jamarcus Chatman and Ja’Quon Griffin, with all three committed to the Tigers at once.

The plan to go to LSU together quickly changed course. Chatman changed course for Tennessee, and Anderson de-committed from Ed Orgeron’s program July 6. Griffin is the lone LSU commitment left of the three Rome teammates.

From that moment, Georgia’s pursuit amplified once more.

“They have just been letting me know they’re still holding on,” Anderson told The Telegraph at the time of his second change of heart.

Anderson ranks as the nation’s No. 2 outside linebacker, according to the composite rankings. In his senior campaign with the Wolves, Anderson has recorded 27 tackles — 14 solo with 13 assists.

Georgia’s 2018 class now includes 16 commitments. Anderson is the highest-ranked defensive player in the group.

“He’s long and is extremely explosive — if you watch his film, he runs through offensive tackles and still makes sacks,” Rome head coach John Reid said. “Adam Anderson the player is second to Adam Anderson the person. He holds outstanding integrity, and so far, he’s shown great character.”

Anderson likely will have an opportunity to play as a freshman with Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy finishing their Georgia careers this season. Georgia has had a number of freshman contributors at the position this season — most notably Malik Herring and Walter Grant.

“He’s just a rare athlete, because he’s so tall, long and powerful,” Reid said. “Yet, he has tremendous speed. He’s a disruptor.”