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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Anzalone gives Irish vote of confidence

By Corey Long

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- Notre Dame commit Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing) has just one word to describe what his recruiting experience was like.

“I’ll keep it simple and just say ‘crazy’,” he said. “There’s really no other way to describe it.”

Anzalone was an early commit to Ohio State but had a very public split with the program that made national headlines and a lot of angry Buckeyes fans.

“I guess it’s just part of the process,” Anzalone said about the fan backlash. “When you make a decision that’s best for you not everyone’s going to like it, but I’m happy and I did what I had to do.”

In July the ESPN 150 linebacker committed to Notre Dame but admits he had second thoughts after an official visit to Florida.

“Once I saw the game-day atmosphere and the SEC atmosphere I was definitely having second thoughts,” Anzalone adds. “But I’m completely solid to Notre Dame.”

Anzalone is one of three Irish commits in the Under Armour All-America Game, which kicks off at 5 p.m. ET Friday live on ESPN from Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The 6-foot-3, 231-pound senior says he is not going to target any of the six Alabama commits at the game this week, but he’ll proudly carry the flag for Notre Dame.

“Nah, I don’t think I’m going to give anyone the stink eye,” he joked. “It’ll be a real low-scoring game next Monday but you know I’ve got to go with the Irish."