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."

Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso

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Sunday on CSN: UIC travels to Valparaiso

Horizon League basketball returns to CSN on Sunday as UIC travels to Valparaiso. This game tips at 2:00 p.m. live on CSN.

The Flames (11-8, 4-2) have won three straight games and have played pretty good ball after the loss of Dikembe Dixson to a torn ACL. Junior big man Tai Odiase, a Homewood-Flossmoor graduate, is playing well along with former St. Rita product Dominique Matthews.

Valparaiso (15-4, 5-1) is hoping to maintain its conference lead behind senior All-American candidate Alec Peters. The 6-foot-9 senior is averaging 23.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game on the season.

The Crusaders won the first time these two teams played at UIC on Dec. 30 as Tevonn Walker had 23 points.

Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

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Saturday on CSN: Loyola, Illinois State host Missouri Valley opponents

CSN will have two Missouri Valley Conference games with local teams on Saturday. 

The first game tips at 3 p.m. live on CSN as Evansville heads to Loyola. The second game tips at 7 p.m. and is also live on CSN as Drake will play at Illinois State.

Loyola (13-7, 3-4) is coming off of a tough road loss in double overtime to Northern Iowa. The Ramblers have been led by senior Milton Doyle this season as the former Marshall star is one of the better guards in the Valley.

Evansville (10-10, 1-6) has dropped five straight games as they're struggling to gain any momentum in conference play. Senior guard Jaylon Brown is having an outstanding season for the Purple Aces as he's putting up 21.2 points per game.

The second matchup has Drake (6-13, 4-3) traveling to Illinois State. The Bulldogs have won three of four games and junior guard Reed Timmer is dangerous while former Saint Viator product Ore Arogundade is having a solid sophomore season. 

Illinois State (15-4, 7-0) is leading the Valley after a huge win over Wichita State as they've won eight straight games. The Redbirds are hoping to make a run to an NCAA tournament bid with another home win.