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Thursday, January 10, 2013
Scouts: UF has options with Anzalone

By Billy Tucker

In a bit of surprising news, the Gators land a talented linebacker and productive overall football player who adds depth at a position in need of reloading.

Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing) was recently switched into the athlete category as a result of his polished offensive skills and versatility, but also due to the lack of immediate impact or dominate type linebacker skills when evaluated in the postseason all-star venue. Still, with coaching, continued strength and flexibility improvement, and further physical development, Anzalone could end up being very productive in defensive coordinator’s Dan Quinn’s multiple 4-3 scheme that is aggressive and fundamentally sound in its front seven, which fits Anzalone’s style.

The Pennsylvania native could produce at the Sam position (strong-side OLB) and utilize his good range, strength at the point of attack and instincts but will need to continue improving his coverage skills and overall flexibility to defend well in space in the SEC. The buck position, which is a hybrid OLB/DE, is not out of the question either if he continues to add size or develops as a pass rusher. He is currently a disruptive blitzer and has shown edge potential in high school. He is more straight-line in his movements which would fit better here as well.

For now it looks like Anzalone will add to a deep and talented 2013 LB unit and class that sits atop the rankings as we near closer to signing day. However, we would not be surprised if he gets a look at H-back or TE during his career in Gainesville.