Ex-Notre Dame commit attending UF


Wyomissing's Alex Anzalone, left, is tackled by Aliquippa's defender Dajon Perry, right, during the second quarter of the PIAA Class AA high school football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 4:20 p.m.

Alex Anzalone has committed to Florida — again.

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Wyomissing's Alex Anzalone, left, is tackled by Aliquippa's defender Dajon Perry, right, during the second quarter of the PIAA Class AA high school football championship game, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012, in Hershey, Pa. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

But this time, his pledge is public and there's no turning back.

The Wyomissing (Pa.) linebacker decommitted from Notre Dame on Thursday and officially flipped to the Gators. Anzalone confirmed his decision with The Sun through a text message.

He was already registered for classes at UF and will report to campus Friday, giving the Gators eight early enrollees for this spring.

The 6-foot-3, 233-pounder is the 27th member of Florida's 2013 class, which is ranked No. 1 in the nation by ESPN and Rivals.com.

Anzalone originally committed to Ohio State back on April 21, but he dumped the Buckeyes two weeks later during an unofficial visit to Florida.

After visiting UF again in June along with Notre Dame and Penn State, Anzalone committed to the Irish on July 8.

His recruitment, however, was far from over with the Gators.

The Under Armour All-American surprisingly showed up at Friday Night Lights on July 27 and then attended Florida's 14-6 win over LSU on Oct. 3. Anzalone silently committed to UF before leaving Gainesville that Monday, declined all interview requests and canceled his Oct. 20th official visit to Notre Dame.

But after a heart-to-heart conversation with Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, Anzalone visited Notre Dame the first weekend of November and reaffirmed his pledge to Notre Dame shortly afterward.

The commitment was lost this week when reports surfaced that ND coach Brian Kelly interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

“That's what caused him to change his mind,” said UF defensive end commit Jordan Sherit, Anzalone's close friend. “He called me as soon as he heard the news and told me he was coming to Florida. Honestly, I think he wanted to be a Gator all along.”

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