- Greg Ostendorf, ESPN Staff Writer
When Wyomissing, Pa., linebacker Alex Anzalone decommitted from Ohio State earlier this month, it opened the door for other schools, including the University of Alabama, to get involved again with the ESPN 150 recruit.
On Wednesday night, Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban talked with Anzalone and his family on Skype. It was the third time the two have talked.
“It went really well,” Anzalone said. “Coach Saban talked to us about the whole program, what they do, how they do it, all of the programs that are there for the players, all of the alumni support that they have there and how Alabama could have a good impact on me.”
Anzalone has the size and ability to play any of the linebacker spots, but Saban also mentioned the possibility of the 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect playing H-back for the Tide.
“The football speaks for itself, obviously,” Anzalone said. “Coach Saban said I could go in and play linebacker or H-back. I’d eventually know which one would be better for me, and they would advise me, but if I wanted to go there and play linebacker, I could.”
During the conversation, Saban invited Anzalone to visit UA this summer, and the 2013 prospect and his family are already planning a trip to Tuscaloosa in July.
The other schools Anzalone is focusing on right now are Florida, Notre Dame, Penn State, Stanford and USC. He’s also still considering Ohio State despite his recent decommitment from the Buckeyes.
On Thursday, Florida’s coaches came by his school, and he said Penn State and USC have also been by in the last couple of weeks.
Anzalone is planning to visit Notre Dame in June, and he received an invitation to compete in The Opening in July after an impressive performance at the Baltimore NFTC last weekend.
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