Rising Star Anzalone Discusses Rutgers Visit

Alex Anzalone, one of the hottest recruits in the region, spent his Sunday in Piscataway on an unofficial visit to Rutgers. The Wyomissing Area JSHS (Pa.) outside linebacker cleaned up with more double-digit offers in the last two weeks, including Alabama and Notre Dame. Where does Rutgers stand after his visit?

Wyomissing Area JSHS (Pa.) junior Alex Anzalone has had a torrid February in terms of recruiting. The 6-foot-3, 220-pound outside linebacker is up to 16 verbal offers and recently picked up schools like Ohio State, Notre Dame, Alabama and Florida.

Anzalone spent the weekend on unofficial visits to Penn State and Rutgers, visiting Piscataway Sunday for the Scarlet Knights' basketball game against No. 2 Syracuse.

Rutgers, Anzalone, is very much in contention, he said.

"I think they're high on my list," Anzalone said. "I want to go to a spring practice. That will help me see if I'm truly interested or not. As of now, I'm very interested."

Anzalone spent most of his Sunday at Rutgers, doing everything from dining with other recruits to meeting the coaching staff to taking in a top-10 basketball game.

"It was great," Anzalone said. "I learned a lot, not only about Rutgers, but about the whole process. I got good advice from some of the coaches on making decisions."

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood met with Anzalone one-on-one in his office to get to know him. In the meeting, Flood not only spoke about Rutgers, but touched on the other aspects of life that the program emphasizes.

"The whole coaching staff was great," Anzalone said. "Coach Flood seems like a straight-forward guy and an honest guy. He had some good advice for me and I think we got along well."

Anzalone said that he has always been aware of the Rutgers program, but appreciated the in-depth look that he received yesterday.

More than anything, the last two classes of recruits at Rutgers impressed Anzalone, who projects as one of the highest rated linebackers in the region.

"I knew, because it was in the Big East, I knew they had a solid team, but I will say that they're recruiting national-championship type players," Anzalone said. "It would be pretty cool playing with kids of that caliber."

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