After narrowing his choices down to Florida, Notre Dame and Penn State, one of the top recruits on PSU’s board has given his verbal pledge to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. This wasn’t entirely shocking and, with three linebackers already committed, isn’t a terrible blow. However, when an in-state prospect of Alex Anzalone’s caliber leaves Pennsylvania to play linebacker, it has an element of devastation.
Especially when it happens twice.
Since then, teams from all over the country have been trying to get back in the Alex Anzalone sweepstakes. Alex was visited at his school by some of the top schools in the country, including Florida and USC, who at one offered Alex the chance to graduate early from high school and enroll early at their respective schools. Alex declined and will play out his senior season at Wyomissing High School for the Spartans, where he excels as a running back and linebacker. His strengths at running back actually prompted some schools, including Alabama and Florida, to offer him a scholarship at either position. Oddly enough, Notre Dame was primarily recruiting Alex as a running back a few short months ago.
That has since changed and Anzalone will be enrolling as a linebacker for the Fighting Irish.
With Alex’s defensive back secondary and ability to play in space, I have to imagine that he will begin his career as an OLB. However, with the knack he has shown to add weight, I wouldn’t be surprised to see him playing inside linebacker alongside former Penn State target Michael Deeb. That is a heck of a pairing of two quality kids and tremendous athletes.
The question now becomes whether or not Penn State will look to add a fourth LB (not named Alex Anzalone) to the class of 2013. We’ll dive into that later this week!