Anzalone Recaps Two-Day Visit to Notre Dame

Four-star outside linebacker Alex Anzalone of Wyomissing (Pa.) Area High spent two days on the Notre Dame campus for an unofficial visit, and he learned plenty. Specifically, he likes the academics and was told he could play offense or defense. He went in-depth with IrishEyes.com about his visit.

Four-star outside linebacker Alex Anzalone of Wyomissing (Pa.) Area High went into his two-day visit to Notre Dame as a running back recruit, and left with the option of playing on either side of the ball.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Anzalone arrived Thursday night and departed Saturday night, and he got a fill of what the program and the school are all about.

"I think it moves Notre Dame up," said Anzalone, who has 30-plus offers. "When I go to school, I go in with an open mind and see if I like it or not. It's pretty non-biased in the beginning, and then once I visit it will either help or hurt them. Everyone is on the same level, but Notre Dame definitely moved up."

Anzalone comes from an academic-oriented background, so the Irish's commitment in the classroom, high graduation rate and academic reputation played well on him.

"I learned a lot about the university," he said. "I knew I had a little bit of knowledge about it, but I got a lot of information and learned a lot, just about the academics, the academic support, the athletics, and what it's like to be a Notre Dame football player, and what the coaches expect from you."

Also, the visit allowed Anzalone time to develop stronger relationships with the coaching staff.

"They're really down to earth guys and family men," Anzalone said. "They are really in tune with their players. I think they have a lot of passion for the game and they've been around for a while and they have a lot of experience. They know what it's like to be a football player, and they can relate to the players, which is pretty cool."

On the field, Anzalone was originally offered as a running back, a position several schools, including Stanford, want him to play.

However, during the trip he was told the Irish would also welcome him as an outside linebacker in their 3-4 defense.

"They said they would love to have me at running back and don't be afraid to play it just because of my size," he said. "They definitely like me there, but it's really whatever I want to play. I can play linebacker or running back. I have the option, which is a pretty cool situation."

The history of Notre Dame and the beauty of the campus also made an impression on Anzalone. "It gives you the chills …tapping the playing like champions sign and seeing all the history there is," he said. "It's a pretty cool feeling.

"It's crazy to think about how many players have gone through that locker room and they were in that situation you are in. I think that's pretty crazy."

Anzalone already made spring visits to Florida and Penn State, and next week he is set to visit Ohio State. The first week of April he is slated to visit UCLA, USC and Stanford.


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