RB or LB for Notre Dame Target Anzalone?

Wyomissing (Pa.) Area High four-star outside linebacker Alex Anzalone is rated by Scout.com as a linebacker and many of his nearly three dozen offers are to play defense. However, Notre Dame is one of a handful of schools recruiting Anzalone to play offense, and he spoke to IrishEyes.com about his interesting situation, and his knowledge of the Irish as he readies for junior day in a few weeks.

Alex Anzalone knows enough about Notre Dame and its prestige to schedule an unofficial visit for junior day, but before he can truly gauge his interest in the Irish, he needs to figure out a key aspect of his future.

Running back or outside line?

Scout.com rates Anzalone as a four-star outside linebacker, No. 10 overall in the 2013 class. But the Irish are recruiting the 6-fot-2, 220-pounder from Wyomissing (Pa.) Area High to play running back.

"They actually want me as tailback," Anzalone said. "I guess it just shows how versatile I can be. At first, schools wanted me at h-back or linebacker, but to be able to go as a tailback, that's pretty exciting. It gives me a chance to play where I want to."

So, does Anzalone have a preference on which position to play?

"I really don't know," he said. "It's tough. That's a problem."

While Anzalone figures out which direction he wants to go on the field, he is learning about his options from various programs. In less than a month his offer total rose for a handful to more than 30, and this spring he will make a bunch of visits, with Notre Dame coming later this month.

Anzalone will be at Penn State, where his brother goes to school, this weekend.

"Next weekend I'm going to Florida," he said. "I'm going to be there Thursday, Friday, Saturday and the next week is Notre Dame and the weekend of (March 31) is Ohio State. I think the first week of April, which is my spring break, we're going to California."

While out west Anzalone will visit USC, UCLA and Stanford.

Azalone made 54 tackles playing outside linebacker and scored 13 touchdowns running the ball as a junior. He also averaged 11.3 yards per carry.

He is still in the process of learning about Notre Dame, but he likes what he hears from the coaching staff. His main contacts are assistants Tony Alford and Harry Hiestand.

"I talked to them on the phone a couple of times," Anzalone said. "They seem really nice. They're good coaches, great people."

Anzalone's father is a doctor, who went to medical school at Florida.

"Academic-wise (Notre Dame) is really, really good," Anzalone said. "It's a meaningful degree. I know the program hasn't been great the last couple of years, but I hear it's really nice there. Anzalone said he already started trimming his list in his mind, which he tells coaches after offers are made. However, he is not making it public which schools are not making the cut.

"I'm just honest and tell (schools) if I have genuine interest in them," he said. "I talk to my parents and see if it's a place I want to visit, and if it is, we make it work.

"I think I want to make a decision before the season. I will have to trim down the list because I can't look at them all."

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