Saturday, September 5, 2015

Anzalone again says no to Penn State, chooses Notre Dame

Alex Anzalone of Wyomissing Area (Pa.) High School, one of the top linebacker prospects in the Class of 2013, has chosen Notre Dame over Penn State and Florida.

Anzalone again says no to Penn State, chooses Notre Dame

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Penn State has struck out for the second time in its efforts to get top linebacking prospect Alex Anzalone of Wyomissing Area (Pa.) High School.

Anzalone announced Sunday night that he has chosen Notre Dame over Penn State and Florida as the college where he will play football beginning in 2013.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Anzalone, ranked as a four-star player by all the prominent recruiting web sites, had de-committed from Ohio State in May, two weeks after announcing he would play his college football for the Buckeyes.

Anzalone, whose announcement was carried live by ESPNU, at The Opening, a recruiting camp for the nation’s top high school prospects conducted by Nike in Beaverton, Ore., said he would enroll early at Notre Dame, and that academics tipped the Fighting Irish in his favor.

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“I’m really close to the commits there," he said. "They took me in like a family on my last visit and I had a really good time with them. That’s when I knew.”

Anzalone visited Penn State on June 28 and told Mike Farrell, a recruiting coordinator for Rivals, that the trip “went really well.”

While the Nittany Lions already have three linebackers committed for the Class of 2013, they were believed to have really wanted Anzalone.

Anzalone, who played strong safety and running back last season for Wyomissing Area, was ranked in the top four in Pennsylvania by Rivals, Scout and ESPNU, and in the top five prospects nationally among outside linebackers.

Anzalone originally committed to Ohio State on April 21 while on a visit for the Scarlet and Gray spring football game in Columbus but changed his mind on May 4 after learning he had allowed his photograph to be taken after the game with a 31-year-old man who is a registered sex offender in Kentucky.

The man, Charles Eric Waugh, posed for pictures with Anzalone and two other recruits. He then posted the photos on Twitter and sent messages via the same social media to Ohio State players and recruits.

--Joe Juliano

Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano has been a staff writer for The Inquirer for 30 years, covering covering Penn State football, Villanova basketball and other college sports, along with golf and the Penn Relays. This is his seventh season on The Inquirer’s Penn State beat. He previously covered the Nittany Lions for United Press International from 1976-84.

Joining Joe this season will be Erin McCarthy, an intern for The Inquirer and a junior at Penn State majoring in print and digital journalism. This is Erin's first season on the Penn State football beat. She previously spent two summers as an Inquirer summer intern on the Pennsylvania and South Jersey desks. She is also an editor for the Daily Collegian, the university's student newspaper. A Delaware County native, Erin graduated from Episcopal Academy.

Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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