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Thursday, January 10, 2013
ESPN 150 athlete flips pledge

By Derek Tyson

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- The rich get richer. At least that's how it appears for Florida.

Thursday afternoon the Gators jumped to the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. Just a few hours later the Gators received a commitment from ESPN 150 athlete Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing).

The 6-foot-3, 231-pound four-star prospect, who confirmed his decision with ESPN.com via text message, switched his pledge from Notre Dame and  is schedule to enroll at Florida on Friday.

Anzalone's journey hasn't been a smooth ride. Originally he committed to Ohio State in April  but decommitted a month later. He then committed to Notre Dame in July before making the switch to Florida on Thursday afternoon.

The Gators now stand at 27 verbal commitments including 16 in the ESPN 300 and 11 in the ESPN 150. Though listed as an athlete, Anzalone is being recruited by Florida to play linebacker. He will join James Hearns, Daniel McMillian, Jarrad Davis and Matt Rolin as Florida's linebacker commits.