- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
The Georgia football coaches have kept quite busy lately sending out offers and setting up visits for top targets. Thursday was more of the same, as the Bulldogs offered two more out-of-state prospects. Coach Mark Richt has always placed a priority on in-state talent, but he has also been known to go after exceptional players from across the nation. The two latest offers, both to members of the ESPNU 150 Watch List, are no exception.
“They offered today,” said linebacker Alexander Anzalone (Exeter, Pa./Wyoming Area) “It went really well. I talked to Coach [Kirk] Olivadotti and he was just saying how he loves my athleticism and he thinks I would be a great fit at Georgia at linebacker.”
Exeter is just more than 13 hours away from Athens, but Anzalone said distance doesn’t matter.
“I have followed SEC football since I was little, so I am really familiar with it,” Anzalone said. “Georgia is a great school and I am really excited to go visit. I am not sure when yet; hopefully I will get down there for spring practice.”
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker could really fill a gap in Georgia’s recruiting class, as the Bulldogs didn’t take an inside linebacker in 2012.
“He said that depending on how I develop I could play outside or maybe even inside if I put on a couple pounds. I really don’t care which,” Anzalone said.
The Bulldogs were part of a busy day for the Keystone State standout, who now has 23 offers but said he is “pretty open right now.”
“I got four more today: Oklahoma, Duke, Georgia and Washington. It was crazy,” Anzalone said.
Georgia is also part of a crowded field (pun intended) when it comes to the pursuit of offensive lineman Tyrone Crowder (Rockingham, N.C./Richmond). The 6-foot-2, 310-pound people mover is now up to 14 offers, including the Bulldogs. His phone was also busy Thursday.
“I got two new offers from Florida and Wake Forest,” Crowder said. “I also called Coach [Will] Friend today. We talked about when I would come visit, but I haven’t really decided yet.”
The offers from the SEC archrivals came just days apart.
“Georgia and Florida are great programs,” Crowder said. “I don’t think distance will be a factor at all. What I am looking for in a school is a great campus lifestyle, a good program and a great coaching staff. Everything is pretty even right now.”
The Bulldogs are in dire need of help along the offensive line, and Crowder is being projected as part of the solution to Georgia’s lack of depth.
“I play tackle in high school but I will play guard in college,” Crowder said. “That is what Coach Friend told me and that is where I think I need to be anyway. They have always had a good program and I like what they do down there.”
Richmond Senior High School has a history of putting out top prospects, and Crowder appears to be the next one. He plays in an option-based offense and has some impressive numbers in the weight room -- a 540-pound squat, a 360-pound hand clean and a 330-pound bench press.
“I know Dannell Ellerbe is playing for the Baltimore Ravens. I don’t know him but I know of him,” Crowder said. “And Melvin Ingram was at South Carolina last year. There is great football here in North Carolina, with great athletes.”
Apparently the Georgia coaches agree.
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