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Ryan Anderson: Sack Artist Ready to Roll with Saban and Tide

TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17:  Coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts during the Alabama spring game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
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Mike RoozenContributor IIApril 25, 2011

There's some big, great news coming Alabama's way next season with the signing of Ryan Anderson, a DE with some impressive numbers from his last season at Daphne High School in Alabama where he rolled up 75 tackles, 14.5 sacks, produced 11 tackles for net losses, and even grabbed an interception.

He was named second team All-State and All-County, and helped the Daphne Trojans capture the Alabama class 6A state championship in their victory over the top-ranked Hoover Bucs.

In Alabama's scheme of things it looks like the 6'3", 250-pound strike force will most likely fit in at the Tide's "Jack" linebacker position, a hybrid DE/OLB slot that should allow Ryan some free reign on creating chaos for whatever offensive happens to be on the field.

According to the Tuscaloosa News, describing why he chose to play for Alabama, the talented young man said simply, "I knew Alabama was where I wanted to be. It's not just one thing, it's everything. I really can't pin point it. It's just a great feeling."

After being heavily recruited, Anderson produced a verbal commitment to the Crimson Tide on Saturday while attending the annual spring game, and sounded like he was very happy indeed to be with 'Bama.

"That's where I want to be," Anderson said about rolling with the Tide. "I just like everything about Alabama."

Most likely, as the season begins to unfold and Coach Saban drives his players toward his avowed goal of winning championships, Alabama will find a lot to like about Anderson as well.

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