Alex Anzalone, Army All-American…Running Back?

Pennsylvania’s top linebacker, Alex Anzalone, has been on a streak of visits lately. Ohio State, Penn State and Florida in the last month and he is headed to visit Notre Dame this weekend. Unlike those first three schools, Notre Dame runs a 3-4 defense which generally calls for a specific type of personnel. Alex is quite the athlete, so the conversion is certainly possible, but I asked which role they saw him in. “Well, they want me at running back, not sure about linebacker. I think they’d like me there too.” I would imagine so. Alex was recently ranked as the 16th best OLB in the country by Rivals and is being heavily recruited as just that. Mostly.

I asked him if any other schools were recruiting him as a running back and his answer was a bit surprising: “Stanford and Bama. Also, Florida likes me on offense too, if I want to play it. They like me in the Trey Burton role.”

So four of the premier programs in the country think that the top linebacker in PA. can also come in and contribute on the offensive side of the ball? “But they said I can play linebacker too, if I wanted.” I’ll bet they did! So which position does Alex prefer? “I don’t know, that’s the thing.” As though choosing a college isn’t tough enough, Anzalone is dealt the hand of having to choose which elite institution he will play at and which position he will play there. I suppose that is a good problem.

It’s also an indication of how athletic Alex is. His film shows a kid that certainly likes to hit people, but he finds a way to do it on both sides of the ball. Alex has committed to play in the Army All-American game next season, “as a linebacker?” I asked. “Yeah…I think.”

They’ll probably let him pick.


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Topics: Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, Penn State Recruiting, Stanford

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