All of which led the current defensive owner of that digit to post Sunday night on Twitter: "I think I might have started something special at ND."
Replacing the production of Manti Te'o, a potential first-round NFL draft pick, is a tall task for anyone. But the future of the Irish's linebacking unit is in good hands. Anzalone's commitment Sunday at The Opening — two months after his decommitment from Ohio State after a sex offender, a Buckeyes fan, posted a picture of himself and Anzalone on the Web — rounds out a loaded corps in the middle for the 2013 class, as Jaylon Smith, Michael Deeb and Danny Mattingly have already pledged to Notre Dame since the beginning of June.
ESPN rates Anzalone as a four-star prospect, the No. 5 player at his position in the nation and the 66th-best player overall from the 2013 class, one that is shaping up this offseason to be very special for Brian Kelly and the Irish staff.
Here is a breakdown of the Irish's 17-man 2013 recruiting class, which is composed of 14 four-star prospects, five ESPN150 commits (*) and 10 ESPN300 commits (**)
Four-star OLB Jaylon Smith (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers)*
Four-star OLB Alex Anzalone (Wyomissing, Pa./Wyomissing)*
Four-star OT Colin McGovern (New Lenox, Ill./Lincoln-Way West)*
Four-star OT Hunter Bivin (Owensboro, Ky./Apollo)*
Four-star DE Isaac Rochell (McDonough, Ga./Eagles Landing Christian Academy)*
Four-star QB-DT Malik Zaire (Kettering, Ohio/Archbishop Alter)**
Four-star CB Devin Butler (Washington/Gonzaga)**
Four-star TE-Y Mike Heuerman (Naples, Fla./Barron Collier)**
Four-star OT John Montelus (Everett, Mass./Everett)**
Four-star ATH Rashad Kinlaw (Galloway, N.J./Absegami)**
Four-star ATH James Onwualu (St. Paul, Minn./Cretin-Derham)
Four-star OT Mike McGlinchey (Philadelphia/William Penn)
Four-star ILB Michael Deeb (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage)
Four-star OT Steve Elmer (Midland, Mich./Midland)
Three-star WR Corey Robinson (San Antonio/San Antonio Christian)
Three-star TE-Y Jacob Matuska (Columbus, Ohio/Bishop Hartley)
Three-star ATH Danny Mattingly (Spokane, Wash./Mead)