ND Gives Urbania The Chills

Anthony Urbania felt it when he was on Notre Dame's campus for the Navy and Duke games this past season. The 6-foot, 210-pound running back from Wickliffe, Ohio had the same feeling when he made the four-hour drive from his home for the Irish's junior day last weekend.

"I love it," Urbania stated. "I love how like when you walk on the campus you just get this feeling, this feeling that you get, when you go to a college you feel right there. That's the feeling I got. When I was walking on campus, I got chills down my spine."

Maybe Anthony Urbania will get that same feeling everyday as a college student.

Notre Dame, Purdue, Penn State, Illinois, Alabama, Northwestern and Ohio State are all in regular contact with the standout from Benedictine High, who is still waiting for his first offer.

"I think Purdue is the closest to offering," Urbania said.

Urbania and Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian email each other once per week. Polian has been by the school, and told Urbania at junior day that he'll be coming by again soon.

"He says that they're going to sign two running backs," Urbania said. "They don't know if that's going to be two tailbacks or one tailback and a fullback so…"

Urbania thinks he is capable of playing either position on the next level.

This past season, he ran for 1,300 yards and 18 touchdowns. Urbania also had 71 tackles and four sacks from his strong safety position.

At a combine in Charleston, W.V., Urbania reported that he ran a 4.44 second 40-yard dash. He can bench press 300 pounds.

"I'm a tough runner," Urbania said. "I'm able to deliver the blow and outrun the defender if I have too."

Urbania also made two trips to Ohio State for games last fall.

"The atmosphere of the game is really cool," Urbania said. "I don't like how the campus and everything is all spread out, so other than that it's a nice place and everything."

Besides Notre Dame, Urbania attended junior days at Purdue and Northwestern.

"I loved Purdue, I really liked it a lot," Urbania began. "I loved how they're academic program is so strong, I like the coaches there too. I like how they run stuff there. I loved the campus life, it was really cool.

"I really didn't like Northwestern at all. I went there and they were like you're not our type of running back. They only like running backs that our 5-8, 170, they said I don't fit their type of offense, and that turned me away. I didn't like the campus or anything."

Urbania has a 3.0 GPA, and said that academic opportunity will be the top priority in making his college decision.

Urbania plans to make it back to Notre Dame's campus soon. He will attend either a spring practice or the spring game. He is also looking to camp in South Bend over the summer.

"I love the Grotto and the Golden Dome and Touchdown Jesus."

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