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Reports: Anzalone decommits from Irish, will enroll at UF

Jan 10, 2013, 4:17 PM EDT

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In a recruitment that saw more than its share of twists and turns, Alex Anzalone has pulled another one at the eleventh hour — he’s pulling his commitment from Notre Dame and enrolling early at Florida.

After being committed to Urban Meyer at Ohio State, Anzalone pledged to the Irish a few weeks later. That commitment turned once again when Florida — his childhood favorite, and his father’s alma mater — took over the lead for the talented linebacker’s services, only to have Notre Dame reestablish its non-binding hold on Anzalone. Set to enroll early next week to start the spring semester at Notre Dame, Anzalone reportedly let both Notre Dame and Florida’s staff that he’d be starting school next week in Gainesville.

We’ll never know whether or not Anzalone was on the edge before Kelly’s name started being connected to the Philadephia Eagles late Wednesday. But if there was one recruit that wasn’t closed until he signed on the dotted line or enrolled in school, it was Anzalone. And for those apoplectic Irish fans cursing the heavens right now, it’s bears mentioning that the Irish were the beneficiary of a last minute defection when quarterback Gunner Kiel never arrived at LSU, instead deciding to enroll at Notre Dame.

Anzalone was set to arrive at Notre Dame on Saturday, but instead will take the trip to Gainesville. (Or at least that’s the plan now.) And with that, a spot in Notre Dame’s recruiting class opens up.

  1. thefightinfloyds - Jan 11, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    Tough loss, hopefully we can get him to flip back at the last minute but any shot of doing that will depend on BK. What is he doing? this is an odd move. He revives one of the greatest programs in CF, gets to the doorstep of a championship then his team lays an egg and he takes off and flirts with the NFL…I guess I’m confused because I didn’t think ND was just another rung on the ladder especially with what he has said in the past. I understand it’s part of the business but he still has some work to do with ND now is not the time to be pulling this. Bad timing BK, I mean doesn’t 42-14 mean anything?

  2. mungman69 - Jan 11, 2013 at 4:17 AM

    What we have are a group of 17 & 18 year olds who can’t make up their minds. It will be this way every year. Get used to it.

  3. don74 - Jan 11, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    After a good night’s sleep this is what we know.

    Kelly talked the the Iggles. We don’t know if it was breakfast, a phone call or a 5 hour interview.

    We do not know if Kelly told JS he was having a conversation/meeting

    Kelly and Chris Mortensen have the same agent

    Muschamp interviews with the Bears this week

    AA switches to the Gators

    AA’s Dad is an alum of UF

    Rumor is Philly talking 28M for 4 years

    Philly still interviewing. Lovie Smith today.

    All other early commits heading to campus.

    I know I need more information before my disappointment in Kelly’s otherwise media savvy ways turns to outrage. IF he had serious meetings with Philly and Jack didn’t know, I am officially outraged. If he told Jack that he was taking a call and that’s it, I am ok. Bottom line, until we hear from him and Jack it’s back burner on my list of Friday concerns.

    • bernhtp - Jan 11, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      Good summary. I agree that Kelly’s timing here is atrocious. Since I don’t buy that he is naive about this, he is incurring the inevitable damage for personal gain – either an NFL job or a holdup of Notre Dame for a much better deal. I am disappointed, though not outraged.

      The AA situation is more complicated than a reaction to Notre Dame’s BCS performance or Kelly’s NFL discussions. As you point out, UF’s Muschamp is also interviewing and UF’s loss to Louisville is far more embarrassing than Notre Dame’s (large) loss to Alabama in the title game. AA’s dad has always wanted his son to go to UF and this was a pretext despite an even worse situation at UF.

  4. steeldominance - Jan 11, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    Maybe AA felt that Notre Dame has too upstanding of a culture and that he actually preferred to party with sex offenders and thugs. Would be a good reason to defect to UF.

    • ndirish10 - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:22 PM

      I hope you were just being sarcastic because same could be said of any school across the country, including the one we support.

      • steeldominance - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:32 PM

        Sure it could. Its hard to detect them all and keep them all out. That being said, Id bet the house that OSU and UF have a higher ratio of thugs/sex offenders. But thats besides the point. Hope for the best for AA, glad he isnt going to be disgracing Irish nation next year.

      • irishpuma - Jan 12, 2013 at 2:06 AM

        True that unfortunately. I know I can not root for a certain member of our team.

    • bernhtp - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:34 PM

      Give the kid a break. He was torn the entire time between his own leanings and those of his Dad. Recent events gave his Dad the reason/pretext to get his way.

  5. gtizzo - Jan 11, 2013 at 12:06 PM

    Well it is better to be ND then USC. This is the second player ND has lost, but USC just had there 5th player say “not so fast” to the men of troy. Really I don’t count James since we replace him
    with Bryant.

  6. shaunodame - Jan 11, 2013 at 5:30 PM

    There are 2 very plain facts in this situation:

    1) Alex Anzalone is a child, a kid, a teenager. Whichever, he is not yet a grown-up, responsible, man with unflappable decision making skills

    2) The Timing is HORRENDOUS. Whether it be Brian Kelly’s vacation, his interview with the NFL, or any number of comments made by Alex in regards to his continued pledge to the Irish (with many coming as late as Monday night), OR some combination of these.

    We all know we “shouldn’t” be mad at Alex Anzalone, or Brian Kelly, but whenever something of this nature happens, as it will inevitably continue as long as there is College Football, its hard to understand, just “WHY?”. In all reality, this isnt going to Make or Break this recruiting class, or even our future football prospects– But with the whole Brian Kelly/NFL situation this is just another layer of crap icing on our poop cake thats been steadily gaining heat since about 5 minutes post NC game kickoff.

    Remember however friends, don’t lose your heads on a coach that just took us to our first National Championship game since ’88, or on a kid who has yet to take a class or step on a football field in South Bend. It’s just not worth it– go watch a Jaylon Smith video instead, that always makes me smile :)

  7. flyers89 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:05 AM

    Some of you guys need to really look in the mirror. You want to question the kids maturity level however, you write these untrue and unfair comments. I from Sinking Spring, Pa and with my work I had multiple opportunities to see Alex preform. I would really like to see you guys say some of these things to Alex’s face lol. This young man was making a decision that would affect the next 3-4 years of his life. He has every right to change his mind whenever he wants.

    P.S most of you probably never have and never will experience the great opportunity to receive an athletic scholarship so don’t let your jealousy get in the way. Plus……you all just really ticked off because the SEC showed you what happens when you think just because the #1 is next to your name doesn’t mean you automatically get the crystal ball.

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