Adam Anderson "followed his heart" and announced today that he will be committing to the University of Georgia Bulldogs for the 2018 season. Anderson is the nation's No. 2 defensive end, and until Thursday, his commitment was a toss up between UGA and Alabama. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound four-star athlete from Rome, GA said he visited both schools and thought both were "great," but he felt that his heart was leading him toward Athens and the Bulldogs.

Kirby Smart did a good job of making Anderson feel at home, and, according to, he felt connected to the UGA players and staff.

Anderson also said that the team made him feel like a priority, which sealed the deal for him. He also holds a lot of respect for Justin Fields, a five-star quarterback from Kennesaw, GA.

Although this is Anderson's third commitment, (he committed to Georgia in 2016, then switched to Louisiana State University in 2017), he stated that it is his final decision, because he is, "excited about staying home and playing for Georgia." In addition to his explosive talent, Anderson has also shown that he has good character and integrity as well.

What this means for Georgia's defense

Anderson's commitment is great news for the university's defense. He is considered a defensive guru by some news sources and has been highly coveted by Georgia's recruiting team for a couple of years now.

Anderson is ranked by 247sports as the nation’s No. 41 overall prospect and No. 2 outside linebacker thanks to his speed, 37-inch vertical, and ability to change directions quicker than most players in the SEC. Furthermore, this commitment bumps Georgia to the top 10 of recruiting rankings, according to 247sports.

Anderson has already led one team to the championship

Anderson led his Rome home team to a state championship last year and will end his high school football career a U.S. Army All-American. He will be Georgia's third outside linebacker, along with Caleb Tannor, from Miller Grove, and Azeez Ojulari, from Marietta. Anderson is the highest ranked defensive player in the lineup.

According to the CBS Sports NCAA rankings, the Georgia Bulldogs are ranked at No. 3, and power-rankings analyst, Dennis Dodd has ranked them at No. 2, but these rankings are expected to change now that Georgia has an official commitment from Anderson.

Lorenzo Carter and Davin Bellamy will graduate before the 2018 season, which means Anderson will more than likely start as a freshman.