One-Time Buckeye Commit Alex Anzalone Settles for Notre Dame
By Tony Gerdeman
Alex Anzalone, a four-star linebacker who backed out of his Ohio State commitment two months ago following a controversial photo taken with a convicted sex offender, committed to Notre Dame on Sunday in Beaverton, Oregon at Nike's The Opening football camp.
Anzalone, who until recently had maintained that he was still considering Ohio State, chose the Irish over Florida and Penn State.
The commitment caps a strong three months of recruiting for Notre Dame. They have also recently landed four-star tight end Mike Heuerman and five-star linebacker Jaylon Smith, both of whom chose the Irish over the Buckeyes.
Anzalone is not the only former Buckeye linebacker commit to find a new home recently. Lewis Neal committed to LSU on the Fourth of July. He decommitted from Ohio State in late April.
Don't weep for the Buckeyes, however, as they have made great strides with Plano, Texas linebacker Mike Mitchell (6-4 216), who is the fourth-ranked MLB in the 2013 class according to Scout.
Mitchell, who posted a 4.39 40-yard dash at The Opening, is looking to visit Ohio State this month, and then make a commitment by the end of July.
In addition to Mitchell, the Buckeyes are also still pursuing linebacker Tyquan Lewis (6-3 223) out of Tarboro, North Carolina.
It is believed that Ohio State would take both Mitchell and Lewis, thereby replacing the two linebackers they lost months ago. As it stands now, Lewis will likely choose between the Buckeyes and North Carolina, though LSU is also in the picture.
Ohio State's 2013 recruiting class currently stands at 14 commits with room for possibly six more prospects.
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