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"just popped in here to give my thoughts on AA since he is from my area. First, he is not a 5 star... not even close. Second, he IS a D1 player, but on the offensive side of the ball. His tackling technique is non-existent and he plays in what is the 2nd or third worst league in PA. Just to give you an example, back in the day we played Wyomissing (AA's school) and I was moved from CB to LB... at 5'9 135lbs, running a 4.8 (maybe). We won. AA literally is the biggest kid on the field 95% of the time, and when he isn't, the bigger kids are just fat and slow.
FWIW, my cousin is a coach in that league and he said that while AA is good, he is vastly overrated. He has a reputation for being (per my cousin) "better than he thinks he is" and is known as a "dirty player".
Again, I think you will see him on offense and he will be productive (his size/speed combination is very rare), but he's not a D1 LB."
someone posted this on florida boards
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While I'm sure the guy with a cousin who knows a guy is telling the truth (in his mind), I just have a hard time believing that Saban, Kelly, et al., all watched this guy's film and were completely fooled.
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He has all the physical tools to be really good. A player can learn to tackle soundly, but you can't just coach athleticism. AA is a 5* based on size and athleticism alone.
i hear ya, but the competition in pennsylvania is weak, and wyomising does play trash schools so obviously when youre bigger then everyone on the field you will look like a stud. the guy did say he is a D1 player tho, just not where we were recruiting him....
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I am so happy being from Ohio that a guy from PA. admits they play trash football in that state. (/sarcasm off)
Watching his film I sure thought he was a dirty player. All his big hits were on the QB after he delivered the ball, or on a runner after someone had him by the ankles. That is something that really stuck in my mind. And not much sticks there nowadays, so it musta been real.
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Okay I can absolutely agree with this post however, he has size and speed that translates well to the college game. His tackling was piss poor on his films, but the thing was, he was in the right place. He has good instincts which showed at all the camps he went to. Is he a 5 star? I don't know but the whole PA football competition argument gets thrown out the door when you see how he performed at the camps and the all star game where he was up against elite competition. Kid is a stud and it sucks we lost him. Hopefully we can sign Hollins or Prevot to fill that spot.
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I meant the league Wyomising is in is trash, not all PA football. And PA competition is weak compared to the likes of California Florida Texas Georgia. Ohio is on par with PA there champ.
Now that he is not coming to ND its amazing how bad he has gotten to be as a prospect,lol. I wish him well, it just seems like he wasn't sure he ever wanted to be at ND.
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He's shown extremely well at every elite camp and at the UA game. Apples to apples and he still looked like a top 50 player.
The competition issue can be thrown up about Jarron Jones, too, so one might anticipate it will take some time for Anzalone to adjust to competition at the next level. His indecisiveness all year is not a positive, and I don't care how many stars he has, because that's a separate issue. Yes, that was also true for Kiel, so we will see how he does, as well. These are just questions. What appeared more clear to me was that he didn't move like an inside LB. None of this, whether it's the stars, the competition, the performance in all star games or any of it, matters one bit until he steps between the lines on game day Saturdays. There haven't been too many in recent years who recanted on their ND verbal that turned out to be enormous difference makers. Let it play out.
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