Linebacker Alex Anzalone drops Notre Dame, expected to join Florida Gators

GAINESVILLE — Alex Anzalone, a four-star-rated linebacker recruit from Pennsylvania who had orally committed to Notre Dame, has decided to play at Florida instead and is scheduled to enroll this week.

Anzalone must be enrolled at UF by the end of the day today as the spring admission period ends. He orally committed to Notre Dame in July but has had multiple visits to UF. He was part of the Gators' invitation-only Friday Night Lights camp in July and participated in last week's Under Armour All-America Game.

Oral commitments are not binding, and Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly's interest in the NFL could have played a role.

Anzalone of Wyomissing, Pa., is a 6-foot-3, 232-pound player who is rated the No. 11 outside linebacker by espn.com, No. 5 by 247Sports.

Back to the U: Mario Cristobal, fired by Florida International last month after six seasons as head coach with two bowl appearances, was hired as the Hurricanes' associate head coach and tight ends coach. It's Cristobal's fourth stint at Miami: He played for two national championship teams there between 1988 and 1992, was a graduate assistant from 1998 to 2000, then returned as an assistant from 2004 through 2006. Cristobal coached at Rutgers, briefly played with the Broncos and had a stint in NFL Europe.

More Irish: Likely capturing the emotion felt by many of those who follow Notre Dame football, upon hearing that Kelly was interviewing with the NFL's Eagles, Irish nose tackle Louis Nix III tweeted "Didnt see that coming!" … Mirko Jurkovic, who was part of the 1988 national championship team and later a consensus All-American offensive guard, died of cancer Wednesday in Indiana. He was 42.

Ohio State: Running back Jordan Hall was granted a medical redshirt after missing most of the this past season due to foot and knee injuries. Hall missed the start of the season after cutting his foot in the summer and the end after partially tearing a knee ligament.

Oklahoma State: Coach Mike Gundy replaced defensive coordinator Bill Young with linebackers coach Glenn Spencer, but Gundy has not found a replacement for offensive coordinator Todd Monken, who left to become coach at Southern Miss.

Heading for draft: Clemson receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who set a school record with 1,405 receiving yards this past season and an ACC-record 18 touchdowns, announced he is entering the NFL draft. Others announcing they will forgo their senior year: Oklahoma State's All-Big 12 running back Joseph Randle and Georgia nose tackle Kwame Geathers.

Staying in school: After earlier in the day saying that he was leaving school for the NFL draft, Texas receiver Mike Davis reversed course after talking to two assistants and family members, and said he will stay. … Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews, a first-team All-American and projected by some to be a first-round draft pick, said he will return for his senior season.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Linebacker Alex Anzalone drops Notre Dame, expected to join Florida Gators 01/10/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:51pm]

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