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Alabama Football Recruiting: 3-star LB Keaton Anderson commits to Crimson Tide

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The Alabama Crimson Tide added to their top-ranked class with the addition of three-star linebacker Keaton Anderson (Florence, Al. Florence) who becomes the 17th commitment for the 2015 class. BamaOnline was the first to report the news of his commitment.

Anderson ranks as the No. 621 overall player, No. 43 outside linebacker and the No. 22 player in the state of Alabama, according to the 247Sports Composite Rankings. Nick Saban’s club now has commitments from five of the top 22 players in the state, including two of the top four in Lester Cotton and Desherrius Flowers from Tuscaloosa and Mobile, respectively.

The 6-1, 215-pound Anderson chose the Tide over Tennessee, LSU, Miami and Duke, among others. Anderson was a Tennessee legacy as his father, uncle and brother all played for the Tennessee Volunteers.

Anderson was recruited as a hybrid safety-linebacker and his versatility will be an asset moving forward for the Crimson Tide defense as he could line up as a strong safety or at one of the linebacker spots in an emergency while contributing on special teams.

Anderson was one of the more active players in the state as a junior as he racked up a staggering 191 tackles for the season.

Alabama already had the No. 1 ranked recruiting class according to the 247Sports standings so they obviously can’t move up any higher in the rankings. But the addition of the three-star prospect dropped their average recruit ranking to .9398.

However, that’s nothing to hang your head about as Alabama is well on their way to having the top class in the nation yet again.

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