The Notre Dame coaching staff’s phone records probably lead the nation in area codes. They recruit from coast to coast, north to south and even occasionally into Canada. If the game of American football ever caught on overseas, they would probably be the first to recruit there. At least part of the reason for Notre Dame’s national recruiting base is the abundance of parochial high schools across the United States. And while the Irish certainly don’t possess their pick of parochial school talent, these institutions still provide a solid foundation for Notre Dame recruiting. Last week Irish Sports Daily reported on two recruits, one in Louisiana and one in Oregon, both from parochial high schools. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Sports Daily?
Bo Wallace, LB/DE, 6-4, 210, John Curtis School, New Orleans, LA visited South Bend last month and came away impressed enough to want to come back on an official visit when the Irish play Michigan.
“I just can’t wait for this game and the tradition of the game,” Wallace said. “Last time I was there I saw a lot of the coaches and talked to a lot of the coaches. This time, hopefully, I get to see the school itself at its highest potential when everything is going crazy. This game, I want to see everyone be themselves; if they’re happy they’re happy and if they’re ready they’re ready. I want to see everything.”
Wallace is being recruited by defensive backs coach Kerry Cooks. He has built a good relationship with Cooks, one that continues to get better.
“Coach Cooks and I talk and I’m getting to know him,” Wallace explained. “If I call him, he and I won’t talk about football all of the time. Football isn’t always the main focus.”
Wallace acknowledges that he’s big on tradition and Notre Dame possesses that in abundance. He gets that love of tradition from his father.
“I’m a traditional kind of guy,” he shared. “I like how they keep the tradition of things. I’m a tradition kind of guy and so is my dad. He likes the tradition of Notre Dame.”
In addition to Notre Dame, he also currently holds scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Texas, UCLA, Minnesota, Nebraska, Arizona State, Tennessee, Ole Miss and many others.
The Irish coaching staff went from south to north, the Northwest specifically, in recruiting another player that they hope will join their 2015 class. Cameron Scarlett, RB, 6-2, 215, Central Catholic High School, Portland, OR recently cut his list of favorite schools to five and Notre Dame made the cut along with the home school Oregon Ducks, UCLA, Washington and Stanford. He spoke with ISD’s Christian McCollum about what stands out about each school.
“What was big about Notre Dame was just really how they’ve been competing for BCS bowls, which is really big for me,” Scarlett said. “I’ve been watching college football since I was very young and I’ve always heard Notre Dame competing with the top schools.”
Scarlett isn’t completely unfamiliar with the Irish. His older brother Brennan seriously considered them before eventually signing with Cal.
“My brother went on his official visit there and he told me it was one of his favorite schools, but it was a little too far for him,” the younger Scarlett explained. “I don’t really think distance is going to affect my decision, so I’m excited to look more into Notre Dame.”
That deeper look might involve an official visit though that hasn’t yet been set up.
“I hope I can take an official, maybe to the Michigan game early in the season,” he speculated. “That would be ideal for me if I could get that one in.”
Scarlett has been in touch with both his area recruiter quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur and his position coach Tony Alford.
“They say that Notre Dame seems like the place for me,” he said of his conversations with the coaches. “They just tell me about how I can’t go wrong with the choice and that it’ll prepare me for the rest of my life.”
Not surprisingly, Oregon also made his list. Not only do the Ducks possess the home state advantage but they also have been both exciting and successful the last few years.
“I’ve been an Oregon Duck fan pretty much my whole life,” Scarlett said. “My cousin was a cheerleader for them when I was young and my whole family has always cheered for them. Their facilities are just really crazy.”
His relationship with Washington is his oldest. He took his first unofficial visit there and has attended two games as a recruit. UCLA became the latest school to step to the plate with an offer and he’s attracted by their recent success in putting running backs in the NFL. However, among his five favorites, it was Stanford that actually first offered him a scholarship.
“That was really important to me,” Scarlett said of the Stanford scholarship offer. “Also, Coach (David) Shaw pretty much primarily recruits me himself. I got to see their campus and team and players; it just seems real nice.”
Scarlett plans to visit all five of his favorites before making his final decision which he expects will occur either late in October or early in November.
These two summaries represent just a sample of the Notre Dame football recruiting information available each week on Irish Sports Daily.