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Trojans look east for ESPNU 150 Watch List LB

3/2/2012

The USC coaching staff hasn't been shy about looking out of state for outside linebacker in this class, and Friday the Trojans reached out to Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing Area).

The USC offer marks the 29th school to jump into the mix for Anzalone, and all of them have come since February 1. He said the recruiting process has become a combination of being slightly systematic -- simply because so many schools have come calling in such a short period of time -- and exciting, due to the caliber of schools extending offers. But the USC offer stands out for Anzalone.

"I'm really excited to get an offer from there," he said. "It's a huge deal."

USC joins schools such as Alabama, Stanford, Notre Dame, Penn State and Oklahoma to offer the 6-foot-3, 225-pound outside linebacker.

Anzalone said Friday's offer was the first communication he has had with USC, and while the relationship is just starting, he does know some background information about the school.

"I know it's a private school and has solid academics," Anzalone said. "Not a lot of people know about that. And the football there is second to none."

He will be taking a trip to California in early April to visit Stanford for the Cardinal junior day, and will add stops at UCLA and USC on his West Coast itinerary.

"I'll be able to check out all three and see where they are with my top schools," he said.

Another spring visit will likely be to Ohio State, as Anzalone is looking to participate in the Columbus Nike Football Training Camp on May 5, and said he could combine that with a trip to see the Buckeyes.