Monday, December 10, 2012
ESPN 150 Matchup: Anzalone vs. Williams
By Josh Moyer
Alex Anzalone (above) faced off against David Williams on Saturday.
GERMANTOWN, Pa. -- Pennsylvania's top running back squared off against the state's top linebacker Saturday, and NittanyNation was there to watch the matchup.
Linebacker Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing) remains committed to Notre Dame, but David Williams (Philadelphia/Imhotep Charter) is still looking around. Penn State didn't make his top 3, but that doesn't mean the Nittany Lions will shut down their recruitment with him. He appears to remain a target.
Here's what the two had to say about each other following Wyomissing's 35-13 victory in the semifinals:
Williams, four stars 6-foot-1, 192 pounds No. 13 at position (No. 124 overall)
Stats: Offense -- 22 carries, 136 yards, one touchdown.
Highlights: Despite his speed, he spent most of the time between the tackles and twice ran for gains longer than 20 yards. In the second quarter, he ran left then cut right and sprinted upfield for a 50-yard touchdown -- outrunning Anzalone, who was on the other side of the field.
What Anzalone said about him: "He's a real good back, and he has that 4.4 speed and he's extremely athletic and tough to tackle if you don't get him low. He was the best tailback we faced this year; he was the only Division I back we faced this year.
"We do a good job of reading film, and I just tried to use my quickness to get him in the backfield. On that (long run), I was backside so he was juking around a little bit and found the seam -- but I don't think he got me. Maybe on some other plays, though. I'm not sure; I kept up with him though. He's faster."
Anzalone, four stars 6-foot-3, 231 pounds No. 5 at position (No. 64 overall)
Stats: Defense -- 10-plus tackles, three tackles-for-loss. Offense -- 18 carries, 152 yards, one touchdown.
Highlights: He stopped Williams behind the line of scrimmage three times. And, on a critical 4th-and-2 play inside the 10-yard line, Anzalone wrapped up the tailback short of the first-down marker.
What Williams said about him: "I knew he was a Division I linebacker when we were at The Opening (elite event at the Nike campus) in Oregon; I saw his skills and knew he was capable then of being a Division I player. Today, he was just swarming at the ball. Once he saw it, he just went. He didn't hesitate at all, he was just pursuing it.
"I've seen him a couple times, but I really wasn't worried about him during the game. I was just focusing on trying to win. He tackles pretty good. He tackled me in the backfield one time; I was about to break it but then he wrapped my legs up and got me."