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Anderson names Tide leader

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Wednesday was a day Daphne (Ala.) junior Ryan Anderson isn't likely to forget. That's because he found out through his coach Alabama had offered.
"It felt real good," Anderson told Rivals.com on Wednesday evening. "That's one of the schools I really want to go to."
Asked if the Crimson Tide were his leader, Anderson replied," Yes sir."
But, he added, that was the case even before the verbal offer arrived.
"I just feel when I go to Alabama, I'm at home," Anderson said. "I've been three or four times. It feels good when I'm there. It's a good vibe."
Might he be close to committing?
"Yeah," Anderson said. "But I'll take all the time I need to take. I don't know when I'm going to commit."
All told, Anderson said he has about a dozen offers. According to the 6-foot-3, 250-pounder, no program has emerged as a clear-cut No. 2 behind the Tide.
The Alabama offer didn't surprise Anderson or his family, he said.
"My mom and stepdad, they pretty much knew they were going to offer sooner or later," Anderson said. "When they went to Alabama with me, they liked it a lot."
Anderson said Tide assistants Jeremy Pruitt and Sal Sunseri are his primary recruiters. Alabama is recruiting him to play the "Jack" linebacker position. Anderson was a defensive end in 2010 (he recorded 14 sacks) but will play middle linebacker this fall.
"The first couple days of training, it was a little different," Anderson said. "Now, I've pretty much got it down pat. I'm ready to put on the pads and see what I can do."
Next up for Anderson, who intends to graduate in December, is another trip to Tuscaloosa for this week's spring game.
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