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Linebacker Decommits From Ohio State After Disturbing Visit To Columbus

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(WSCR) Alex Anzalone, one of the nation’s top linebacking recruits, has announced he will no longer attend Ohio State after he learned he spent time with a convicted sex offender on a recruiting trip to Columbus.

During a visit to Columbus on April 21,  he and two other recruits took a picture with Charles Eric Waugh of Ashland, Ky. Only later did Anzalone learn Waugh, 31, had pleaded guilty to five counts of possession of underage sexual content in 2008. Waugh has had several interactions with players and recruits both in person and through social media.

Reports indicate that Anzalone called assistant coach Luke Fickell on Friday to let him know that because of that interaction, he would not be attending Ohio State.

“There’s a disconnect between what Alex thought was there (at Ohio State) and what is actually there,” Anzalone’s father, Dr. Sal Anzalone, told the Reading (Pa.) Eagle on Friday.

“Something’s just not right at Ohio State. It’s not for him.”