February 4, 2012

BC, Northwestern offer emerging linebacker

Alex Anzalone has picked up his first three verbal offers in recent days and he had a chance to check out one of those schools last weekend.

Northwestern was the first school to offer the Wyomissing (Pa.) linebacker and Boston College was the second.

Last weekend the 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect attended BC's junior day and he spoke about that experience with EagleAction.com.

"I got the offer from BC the day after Signing Day," Anzalone said. "Coach Commissiong told me I was definitely a scholarship player before that so I kind of saw it coming but I was still really happy.

"The junior day was good. They just showed us around all the facilities and the campus and then they split us up by position.

"The coaches were really nice and I like them a lot. Since I'm an outside linebacker I had my meeting with Coach McGovern and he's great.

"One thing that stuck out to me were the facilities. They're definitely really nice. I got to explore the city a little bit and we stayed overnight on Saturday."

Both schools that have offered have made a strong early impression.

"Northwestern was my first offer and that was on Signing Day," he said. "It's a great academic school in the Big Ten so that's pretty big football.

"BC is another great academic school in a great city. There's a lot of tradition in that program."

Anzalone hasn't visited Northwestern yet but said he hopes to do that over spring break.

Temple offered Anzalone on Friday night and the junior 'backer received a message from Ohio State recently indicating that Urban Meyer and his staff were interested in speaking with him. He did call the Buckeyes and made that initial contact with Ohio State.

While things are moving quickly no school stands out above the rest.

"It's really open right now," he said. "I just have no idea where I'll be."


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