By Tim Whelan Jr., USA TODAY High School Sports | November 8, 2017 3:49 pm ET
Rome (Ga.) outside linebacker Adam Anderson received his U.S. Army All-American Bowl jersey at his school Wednesday as part of the Army All-American Selection Tour Presented by American Family Insurance.
“It’s a great honor to be able to be picked, a great feeling,” Anderson said.
Anderson, a 6-4, 214-pound four-star and Georgia commit, is ranked as the No. 2 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 8 recruit in Georgia according to the 247 Sports Composite.
He committed to the Bulldogs in October.
It came down to Georgia and Alabama for Anderson, but the Bulldogs had something the Crimson Tide didn’t for Anderson.
“Basically, it’s being in the home state,” Anderson said. “Just knowing the fact that, being able to win not just for your town or your school, but being able to win one for your state as well.”
Anderson looks at Denver Broncos standout Von Miller and current UGA outside linebacker Lorenzo Carter as role models in a sport he has played and enjoyed since he was little.
“It’s just the fact that football another great way to express yourself, another way to show your talent,” Anderson said.
Rome is the defending Class AAAAA state champion and, at 10-0, is making its climb toward back-to-back titles.
Anderson, of course, is at the forefront of that title defense.
“It feels great, but we’re just taking it one game at a time,” Anderson said. “We have to stay humble and keep our mind on one goal.”
The U.S. Army All American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance is scheduled for Jan. 6 at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas, and will be televised live on NBC at 1 p.m. EST.