LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Aaron Anderson had been on LSU for about 10 months. He said at Under Armor All-America Game rehearsals this week that he would play for the Tigers – if Ed Orgeron was detained.
But Orgeron got her papers and New Orleans (La.) Four-star receiver Edna Karr opened her recruiting almost immediately.
“It would be over,” Anderson said. “That’s where I engaged before and our connection was so good, now I feel comfortable here, it made me feel like I was at home. It was direct. He was a guy you could talk to personally about anything. He would always have an answer to answer. “
Less than two weeks after leaving LSU, Anderson committed to Alabama. Crimson Tide was always at the top of his list. He knows the reputation of a coach Nick Saban and his schedule – especially among receivers – and it was a phenomenal landing spot.
“Alabama is a competitive school,” Anderson said. “Many people want to go there. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to go there. All slot receivers are competitive and you will eat regardless. When our number is called, we’ll play our game. “
Meeting Saban is something Anderson, who was phenomenal in training this week at the Under Armor game, was something he will never forget. Saban’s message told him to play for Crimson Tide.
“This is also a blessing, walking into his office, shaking his hand, looking him in the eye,” Anderson said. “It’s like I’m meeting the president. It is a great blessing to do so.
“(Saban’s message was) No matter how small or short or tall you are, if you can ball and you can play, you will play.”
It still wasn’t an easy decision for Anderson to make. He’s a kid from Louisiana and almost everyone in the elite goes to LSU. He had been locked up there for nearly a year. New Orleans to Baton Rouge and New Orleans to Tuscaloosa is nearly four times the distance.
But it was one that Anderson felt he had to make. After the news Orgeron would not be detained and neither would the new LSU manager Brian Kelly got the job, Anderson hasn’t heard from the new staff and hasn’t talked to Kelly yet. Now that Anderson has signed, it’s all over.
The commitment was made in late October and was one that Anderson was more than comfortable with. Combining Alabama’s receiver development and Anderson’s incredible playmaking prowess, it could be a match made in heaven.
“It was difficult,” Anderson said. “It was a tough decision between Alabama and LSU, but with my connection so good with manager Orgeron, once he left it was like basically the man who recruited me is no longer there, so it’s been as for the next “.