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Top 2025 LB Anthony Sacca Recaps First Notre Dame Visit

April 25, 2023

Anthony Sacca‍ made his first-ever trip to Notre Dame this past weekend and the 2025 Pennsylvania linebacker left impressed.

"I saw the Grotto,” the St. Joseph Prep star said. “I saw all the big like landmarks there.

“It was a really nice campus. It was really clean. I wouldn't say quiet, but it was calm. It was really nice."

During his visit, Sacca had the chance to meet with Irish graduate assistant Max Bullough, defensive coordinator Al Golden and head coach Marcus Freeman.

Golden wanted to make sure Sacca got a feel for Notre Dame

"He was explaining to me their school and how they treat their players, how their daily life is,” Sacca said of his conversation with Golden.

Freeman talked about Notre Dame's national recruiting brand and the school's emphasis on academics.

"They really take academics seriously, trying to get all the guys graduated early and life after football for the most part," Sacca said.

The importance of education beyond football hit home for Sacca.

"It's reality, really," he said. "Most people aren't going to play in the NFL and even if you do, most people don't last more than two years. NFL stands for 'Not For Long.'

“So having a degree from Notre Dame is bigger than anything really."

As for football, the Irish were clear about where they envision playing the 6-foot-4, 220-pounder.

"I would most likely be playing outside linebacker for them,” said Sacca. “Kind of like their Nickel guy, their extra linebacker who can cover on the outside, but also rush off the edge.”

Sacca, who played safety earlier in his career, doesn’t have a preference.

"That's kind of what I'm going to be doing next year,” he said. “I just like playing football for the most part. I don't care where you put me, I'll play."

Sacca doesn’t have any upcoming visits scheduled, but does expect to return to Notre Dame.

"Probably getting back out there again," Sacca said. "Either in the summer or for a game, probably coming out to see a game during one of my bye weeks or something."

Sacca’s father, Tony Sacca, played quarterback at Penn State from 1988-91, but Sacca says the Nittany Lions ties won't impact his decision.

"I wouldn't say it carries any weight. It's not really influencing my decision because he doesn't care where I go. He wants what's best for me at the end of the day."

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