Four-star LB flips from Irish to Gators
Alex Anzalone
Alex Anzalone

Posted Jan 10, 2013

Four-star linebacker Alex Anzalone has flipped his commitment from Notre Dame to Florida, as rumors continue to swirl surrounding Irish head coach Brian Kelly's status.

Four-star prospect Alex Anzalone has flipped his commitment.

The ninth-ranked linebacker in's rankings, Anzalone changed from Notre Dame to Florida on Thursday, giving the Gators a major recruit and dealing a blow to an Irish team that might also lose its coach.

Anzalone -- who had visited Florida several times -- will report to Florida on Friday and plans to enroll early, Scout/FOXSportsNEXT recruiting analyst Jason Higdon reported.

Notre Dame started the season 12-0 and made the BCS National Championship Game, where they lost to Alabama, 42-14.

Reports have since emerged that Irish head coach Brian Kelly is interested in an NFL job. The Associated Press reported that Kelly interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday.

Anzalone has not said publicly whether the uncertainty in South Bend played a role in the decision.

The Gators, who finished the regular season ranked No. 3 in the BCS before losing the Sugar Bowl to Louisville, could use some help at linebacker. They'll need to replace seniors Jon Bostic, a second-team All-SEC talent, and Lerentee McCray at the position, as well as early NFL Draft entrant Jelani Jenkins.

Anzalone is the fifth linebacker in Florida's 2013 recruiting class.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound Anzalone currently plays for Wyomissing Area High in Pennsylvania. He was previously an Ohio State commit before flipping to Notre Dame in July.

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