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Anzalone bolts, Irish recruiting takes a hit

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08:06 AM ET 01.11 | As of Tuesday, Alex Anzalone was prepared to arrive in South Bend this coming weekend, but he's changed his mind. [Anzalone] has decommitted from the program in favor of the Florida Gators. The linebacker from Wyomissing, Pa., confirmed the news to the South Bend Tribune on Thursday with a text message. ... Anzalone declined to explain why he made the switch, but his decision came in the wake of Brian Kelly's interview with the Philadelphia Eagles becoming public knowledge. ... Anzalone's defection not only serves as a visual crack to the 2013 Irish recruiting class, but also marks the loss of a top talent. He ranks in the top 50 players nationally on both Rivals.com and 247Sports.com.

South Bend Tribune

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January 11, 2013  08:12 AM ET

Word was this kid was headed to uf all along wasn't it??? Not sure if I would call it a big surprise or anything. The domers seem to be on track with recruits.

January 11, 2013  08:18 AM ET

4.73 40 time. I'm not completely sold on how good he is.

January 11, 2013  08:26 AM ET

This thread's a retread.

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January 11, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Can we hang out in the Orange Checker story today?

I'd like that, even though the subject matter would by necessity change (likely, more than once).

January 11, 2013  09:03 AM ET

To all NFL teams looking for a coach. I hear Dooley is available.

January 11, 2013  09:04 AM ET

I am just sick about it for Notre Dame.

January 11, 2013  09:10 AM ET
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What I find hilarious is the fact Will Muschamp interviews with the Chicago Bears to almost no fanfare. Kelly interviews with the Eagles, and it's scrolling across the ESPN bottom line for two days straight.JK, by going from Pennsylvania to the SEC, does that knock .2 off his 40 time? Just like going from the South to a midwest school must add time?

Of course it gets more attention. Kelly gives you guys the best season in the last 10/15 years. In the NCG, and out of laughingstock status (for a program of domer history). You don't expect that to be a headline??? A little sensitive on this one dontcha think???

January 11, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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JK, by going from Pennsylvania to the SEC, does that knock .2 off his 40 time? Just like going from the South to a midwest school must add time?

Well, let's kind of look at it objectively, and not saying you don't. He is listed at 238 and runs a 4.73.

Dont'a Hightower was 265 at the combines and ran a 4.68 40.

If Anzalone gains weight, do we think he'll be faster or slower? Odds are he will be slower. Maybe his playing weight will be 238, though.

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January 11, 2013  09:41 AM ET

His dad sucks at being a Doctor in Reading AKA Salvatore Anzalone. This kid is now a proven quitter, and will not see the playing field

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January 11, 2013  09:45 AM ET
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Nope, just curious is all.

I think it's because the two **** in the AM (Mike and Mike) have been talking about ND football nonstop for 3 months so ESPN believes it's a story. BTW, for every random LB from East Jesus that changes his mind and goes elsewhere, there will be another that decides last minute to attend ND.

January 11, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Wh*res

January 11, 2013  09:57 AM ET
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Word was this kid was headed to uf all along wasn't it??? Not sure if I would call it a big surprise or anything. The domers seem to be on track with recruits.

ICE, it's just FN's way of "sensationalizing" an article!!!!

January 11, 2013  10:04 AM ET
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4.73 40 time. I'm not completely sold on how good he is.

JK, you stated this yesterday, and I'm not sure where you are going with it?? A 4.73 40 time isn't too bad for a kid 6'3" and 230 Lbs. Don't forget he is a Linebacker and he won't be chasing any fast Running backs down from behind anyway!!!

January 11, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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To all NFL teams looking for a coach. I hear Dooley is available.

LOL, LK will most likely be available after the 2013 season!!! :-)

 
January 11, 2013  10:11 AM ET
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JK, you stated this yesterday, and I'm not sure where you are going with it?? A 4.73 40 time isn't too bad for a kid 6'3" and 230 Lbs. Don't forget he is a Linebacker and he won't be chasing any fast Running backs down from behind anyway!!!

Let's see how the kid develops before trashing him, shall we? The S&C coach should have some positive effects, I say let's re-evaluate in a year or two.



THEN we can process him.

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