Anzalone decommits from Ohio?

Submitted by readyourguard on May 4th, 2012 at 3:51 PM
The Twittersphere and Bucknuts is abuzz with news of a e-commitment from recently committed Anzalone


Any truth to the story? Ace?

Comments

Needs

May 4th, 2012 at 6:07 PM ^

The elevenwarriors.com link above, with the Homer Simpson pic. 

You have to go to the post on the front page, however, to see the poster calling Anzalone "mentally weak" for being scared away from OSU by its creepy fanbase.

EDIT: Also this...

 

I miss humble quiet hard working kids who want to play for Ohio State because they want to be a Buckeye. Social media is defiling the values of these kids. If you need strangers to tell you how great you are, go elsewhere.

BrownJuggernaut

May 4th, 2012 at 4:04 PM ^

I like Anzalone's game a lot, and I was pretty disappointed when he committed to Ohio. It's unfortunate that the circumstances around it are...disturbing. I wish the kid the best.

Pdeaner

May 4th, 2012 at 5:44 PM ^

As I mentioned above they were at his HS working him and some of his teammates out this week.  Fickell and Vrabel were there.  Don't know if that is normal to send 2 coaches or not.  Smith is an ND lean and I think they know it.  A couple of his teammates have show well at 7-7s and camps.  So I wouldn't be suprised to see Ohio offer one or two of them to try to intice him to commit.  HIs brother is already there.  It will be interesting to see if they offer Tyvel Jemison DB, Mike Rodgers WR, Kendrick Mullen DB (brother plays at IU), Andrew Spencer DB (Brother is A Spencer LB for the Cowboys).  

flysociety3

May 4th, 2012 at 4:05 PM ^

Weird, weird timing, but I cant imagine a kid would change his opinion of a program he committed too based on one creepy ass fan....

I hate to say it, but I'm sure we have some creepy ass fans that talk to players, too....

Who knows?

austinte

May 4th, 2012 at 5:54 PM ^

seems to have more than their "fair" share. Here are just a few examples:

 

Had to do a screen grab for this one. Bonus is you can guess who he is (hint: think bathrooms...]

 

 

Edited to respect some privacy with the current creep.

 

And this might be the creepiest of all.

 

Notice a trend?

 

[Apologies to all who might have lost some retina tissue there.]

mackbru

May 4th, 2012 at 4:07 PM ^

Why is this so disturbing? And why would it have any connection to the Waugh thing? Inasmuch as love to sling any dirt about OSU, I can't see how this story would impact an incoming recruit. A sex offender contacted players via Facebook. The players didn't know that, and couldn't be expected to. Then the school outed the guy. It's a gross story. But it's really got nothing to do with anything.

RakeFight

May 4th, 2012 at 4:55 PM ^

The ohio fans are worried...

1. All of these guys were hanging out together, and maybe this Waugh guy bought them a meal or something, constituting a recruiting violation that is scaring the recruits off (on top of the fact that the guy buying them the illegal meal was a pedophile), or even prompting the coaching staff telling them to decommit to avoid the inevitable attention of possible violations.

2. This is one of several negative things to happen to ohio recruiting in the last week or so... (Neal decommit, Heuerman to ND, Jaylon Smith leaning ND), and there's wild speculation on the boards that something big is happening behind the scenes, like more violations have been revealed or more sanctions will be announced.  You know, because Meyer is the greatest recruiter in history, so there must be some totally off the wall explanation as to why this is happening.

 (note: I'm not saying I think any of those things... just rehashing the panic! explosion on the ohio boards... seems pretty irrational)

mds315

May 4th, 2012 at 4:11 PM ^

In my opinion, I would assume that Anzalone was freaked out that a registered sex offender was tweeting at him and took a picture with him.

I can't blame him, Waugh's behavior is totally creepy and bizarre.  Would you feel comfortable going somewhere that a registered sex offender is hanging around with players?

turd ferguson

May 4th, 2012 at 4:16 PM ^

You're thinking about this rationally instead of emotionally, and if I were in Anzalone's shoes (or his parents' shoes), my reaction would be more emotional than rational at this point.  If you don't feel safe at a school, there's no reason to choose that school when you have so many nice options.

mds315

May 4th, 2012 at 4:08 PM ^

Based upon the comments, they think it's either related to the Waugh guy or Notre Dame is up to something "fishy."

I'm not sure about the Bosa thing.  It's the same commenter posting it who may just be freaking out.

And obviously this may just be a regular old de-committment, however with the timing it is hard to believe it did not play a part.  

GoBlueInNYC

May 4th, 2012 at 4:46 PM ^

The ND accusations just struck me as sour grapes. As if the only way a kid would leave OSU and then even consider ND would be if he was getting paid. Yeah, it'd be a little weird for him to commit to ND, but then I think that it's weird that any kid would commit to ND.

Yost Ghost

May 4th, 2012 at 4:08 PM ^

"@ramzyn Anzalone found out yesterday he'd been in photos/chatting with a Buckeye fan with a penchant for underage boys. I'd be freaked out too."

Buzz Your Girlfriend

May 4th, 2012 at 4:14 PM ^

I think based off the info that is out there right now, it doesn't really merit a decommitment. However, I think the two have something to do with each other and maybe there is more to the story. Three recruits are together on a visit and take a picture with this guy, maybe this was somehow permitted by Ohio before they knew and Anzalone now doesn't have the same trust he once had for the school.

 

But then again, I have no idea.

mds315

May 4th, 2012 at 4:20 PM ^

I disagree because I don't think as many recruits commit to the school.  If that's the case for Anzalone, this would (and in my opinion should) be enough reaosn to de-commit.  

I don't think this has to do with OSU, it is the fact he was around a registered sex offender who obviously has more access than a typical fan would, and is always contacting the players and recruits on twitter.  This could have been at any school, and it certainly would have made me feel very uncomfortable enough to reconsider things.  

Also, these are 17/18 year olds.  I'm sure that have been lesser reasons for a de-committment/committment.  This is a totally legimate one to me. 

Alumnus93

May 4th, 2012 at 4:19 PM ^

I hope you guys realize that a strong OSU is good for us... Hoke and Meyer  I hope will take the rivalry back to what it was, and put the two teams at the forefront of college football again... We (Michigan) didn't do our part for a decade now.    So if you are reveling in this info bringing down OSU, just know that its not in our best interest. 

ColsBlue

May 4th, 2012 at 4:21 PM ^

High flying spread offense, kids decommitting, other B1G coaches complaining about recruiting tactics.  Anyone else think this sounds familiar? 

redhousewolverine

May 4th, 2012 at 4:23 PM ^

Was Neal also contacted by this Waugh individual? If he was then that might lend more credence to the idea that the recruits are worried about that whole issue, especially with what happened at Penn State. However, if not, then there might be some other things brewing in Columbus leading to this. Most likely it is a combination of several things. Although some Buckeye fan who dabbles in pedophilia was tweeting Anzalone and interacting with him would seem incredibly distressing for Anzalone, completely eliminating Ohio seems odd. How could Meyer not at least smooth this over and offer to prove to the Anzalone family that their son can feel safe in Columbus? There must be more to the story.