The father of Alex Anzalone, the recruit who recently withdrew his commitment to Ohio State after coming into contact with an Ohio State fan who is a registered sex offender, has clarified his comments about Ohio State.
Sal Anzalone’s original comments understandably set off an internet firestorm:
“There’s a disconnect between what Alex thought was there (at Ohio State) and what is actually there. Something’s just not right at Ohio State. It’s not for him.”
His new statements make clear that he’s not blaming the university or program for this incident.
“I want people to understand, I have no beef with Ohio State, at all,” Sal Anzalone said. “My issue is not with Ohio State: It’s a great institution, they have a phenomenal president, Urban Meyer is nothing but a class act to me.
“There’s nothing wrong with Ohio State; it’s a great institution. When I said there was something wrong with Ohio State, I was talking about the visit – there was something wrong with the visit, not with Ohio State.”
Sal Anzalone said that Meyer called Friday evening, but did not wish to provide any details about that conversation.
“We can’t implicate Ohio State for what happened (during that visit),” Sal Anzalone said. “That’s wrong. That had nothing to do with the university itself. I don’t hold them accountable; they’re not responsible for what fans do; it’s not their fault.”