Alex Anzalone visited Florida Thursday then decommitted from Ohio State Friday indicating the Charles Eric Waugh controversy was behind it. Coincidence?
Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle published a story Friday evening that left no doubt as to the reasons for former Ohio State commit Alex Anzalone's decommittment from the Buckeyes:
Sal Anzalone said that his son had expressed his concerns that "something wasn't right" about his visit shortly after returning from Ohio last month.
The family spent the past several days privately discussing the issue, but the tipping point, Sal Anzalone said, was the photograph that appeared on the Internet.
It made him believe his son was at risk during his recruiting visit, and he became disenchanted with the Buckeyes coaching staff because of the episode.
"You don't want your son to go to a place where there's a potential issue (like this)," Sal Anzalone said. "You expect the (football) staff to have some sort of control on how things are handled with recruits when they visit. This is ridiculous.
"I was concerned with what recruits do, and with them being allowed to visit these kind of places where it puts kids at risk. That's the issue. You entrust people (at the school) to do the right thing."
While he said he doesn't believe the Buckeyes coaching staff was aware that a sexual predator had access to its recruits and players, Sal Anzalone said he is upset at what transpired.
"Of course," he said. "Who wouldn't be? I'm outraged."
Despite compliance acting swiftly and working with law enforcement to ensure that Waugh (or anyone like him) would pose no potential threat to any student athlete or prospective ones, it's also incredibly difficult to fault the Anzalones for wanting to distance themselves from the situation.
Anzalone is now considering Florida, Stanford, Southern Cal, Penn State, and Notre Dame. He is not expected to consider Ohio State.
UPDATE: Or... maybe? After a bit of a cooling off period, ESPN's Mitch Sherman caught back up with Sal Anzalone:
His father said he might even still consider the Buckeyes.
"It's a possibility," Sal Anzalone said. "Things change. You can't hold them responsible for other people's behavior."