Anzalone decommits from Notre Dame following Kelly interview

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Anzalone decommits from Notre Dame following Kelly interview

According to Rivals.com's Mike Farrell, 4-star linebacker Alex Anzalone decommitted from Notre Dame and will enroll early at the University of Florida, switching his commitment after Brian Kelly's interview with the Philadelphia Eagles was made public.

Before jumping to conclusions about Kelly's future at Notre Dame, it's worth noting Anzalone had a whirlwind recruitment that initially saw him commit to Ohio State. He decommitted to Ohio State in May and offered a verbal commitment to Notre Dame later, only to re-open his recruiting process and seriously consider Florida. In early November, Anzalone announced he would honor his commitment to Notre Dame.

Now he's off to Florida, which will unseat Notre Dame atop Rivals' class of 2013 rankings.
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Whether any recruits follow him out of Notre Dame's recruiting class, which will be finalized on signing day Feb. 6, remains to be seen even if Kelly doesn't jump to the NFL. If he does, though, Anzalone may not be the only recruit jumping ship in the coming weeks.
Still, a few Notre Dame recruits -- including five-star linebacker Jaylon Smith and five-star running back Greg Bryant, two of the biggest game-changers in Notre Dame's class of 2013 -- said on Twitter they'll remain committed to Notre Dame even if Kelly leaves.

Three-star wide receiver Corey Robinson took the high road regarding Anzalone, tweeting "Best of luck to my bro @AlexAnzalone_24. Sad to see you leave the Mob by hope you do great things at Florida."
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On the flip side, four-star quarterback Malik Zaire tweeted: "Man what the hell Alex that was low. 2 days before you report u go somewhere else? Its all good well see you down the road."

DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

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DePaul basketball program on the rise after landing 5-star recruit Tyger Campbell

DePaul hoops received a huge boost this week as five-star recruit Tyger Campbell committed to the university.

The elite point guard recruit out of La Lumiere, will join the Class of 2018, choosing DePaul over schools like Michigan State, Illinois and Memphis.

"I like DePaul and honestly my coach (Shane Heirman) just went there and we have a great connection and he's always had my back," Campbell told Scout.com. "I like [DePaul] coach Dave Leitao, too. I like his program and he's an intelligent guy.

"Mainly what I like about the school is I want to help bring it back. I love Chicago; it's a great city. I want to bring the city a college back to cheer for."

Campbell also said the Blue Demons' new Wintrust Arena at McCormick Place Event Center, which is slated to open this fall, is a big draw for him.

The Blue Demons are a combined 18-45 the last two seasons and hasven't had a winning season since 2006-07 when they went 20-14 and made the NIT Quarterfinals.

The program last made the NCAA Tournament in 2003-04 during Leitao's first stint as the team's head coach.

Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

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Northern Illinois adds running back Fotis Kokosioulis

Northern Illinois University added it's fourth known verbal commitment today in its growing Class of 2018.

Maine South junior running back Fotis Kokosioulis (5-foot-8, 165 pounds) added an offer from the Huskies on Tuesday after making a spring practice visit, and today he gave head coach Rod Carey his verbal commitment.

"I chose NIU because it's been a school that I've liked for awhile now," Kokosioulis said moments ago. "I like the facilities at NIU, the stadium and everything else they have to offer. I also really like all the coaches at NIU. I felt that even if I got more offers I would've still chose NIU over other schools. I know that there are bigger school and programs but I feel that I just fit in well at NIU, so I committed."

Kokosioulis, who was an All-State performer for the Class 8A state champion Maine South Hawks in 2016, is now the fourth known in-state verbal commitment for Rod Carey and the Huskies and the fifth known commitment overall. Kokosioulis joins Andrew defensive end Mike DeHaan, Plainfield East defensive end Jack Sullivan and Danville tight end Julian Pearl in the NIU Huskies in-state Class of 2018.