Notre Dame has been racking up wins on the field so far this season, but on Monday the Irish staff picked up one of its biggest victories on the recruiting trail when 4-star, top 50 linebacker Alex Anzalone recommitted to the Irish after opening up his recruiting and seriously considering a switch in his commitment to Florida.
Anzalone was in South Bend visiting for the past two days and upon leaving Notre Dame’s campus and heading home, he announced his intention to stay committed to Notre Dame via Twitter:
First off, I want to thank the coaches who have been supportive of me throughout my recruitment. There have been many highs and lows but when it came down to it I had to find the best fit for me. I have developed close relationships with many GREAT coaches, but at the end of the day I had to chose one school. I have been committed to ND since July. With that, I want to reaffirm my commitment to Notre Dame and shut down my recruitment completely with all other schools. God bless!
Anzalone’s recommitment to Notre Dame is a huge win for the Irish coaching staff that has put together arguably the deepest and most talented linebbacking corps in the country in this year’s recruiting class. Anzalone, a consensus 4-star recruit, joins 5-star super recruit Jaylon Smith along with Doug Randolph, Michael Deebs, and Danny Mattingly although Mattingly has been considering other visits which places his commitment on a little less than firm ground at this point.
Even if Msttingly were to decide to switch his pledge, Anzalone’s presence in this class gives Notre Dame one of the best sets of linebackers in a single class in some time and gives Brian Kelly and staff a head to head victory over Florida on the recruiting trail.
Considering Notre Dame will lose Manti Te’o to graduation and Carlo Calebrese and Dan Fox after next season – assuming both at back for 5th years which is not guaranteed right now – linebacker was a major position of need for the Irish along with corner. Combine Anzalone’s commitment on Monday with the news last week of cornerback Cole Luke committing to Notre Dame and Kelly and staff have been on as much of a roll off the field as they have been on it..
Getting Anzalone back on board was no small feat for the Irish coaching staff, but they worked together in shoring up one of the top rated recruits in this year’s class at a major position of need. Hats of to Kelly, defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, and Anzalone’s primary recruiter Harry Hiestand.