A little over a month ago, Mike Denbrock explained Notre Dame’s scholarship situation to Dallis Todd with the bottom line being that the Irish weren’t ready to extend an offer to the 2014 California receiver at that point.
Something changed between then and now as Denbrock extended an offer to Todd through La Mirada High School (La Mirada, Calif.) head coach Mike Moschetti on Thursday.
“I’m just putting two and two together,” said Moschetti. “It looks like two wide receivers left the program. They didn’t say that to me, they just said, ‘Look, we’re ready to offer Dallis.’ Notre Dame probably needs to sign a couple more guys.”
The transfers of Davonte’ Neal and Justin Ferguson probably did have something to do with the Irish moving on Todd, but that won’t matter at all in his recruitment.
“Myself, Dallis, his family, we don’t care about that,” Moschetti said. “He understands it’s a business. His eyes light up when you talk about Notre Dame. I talked to him real quick and he was really, really excited.”
The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder adds Notre Dame to an impressive offer sheet that already included the likes of Ohio State, Clemson, Florida, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Utah, Washington and Arizona State among several others. The Irish had already offered his teammate and friend, 2014 tight end Tyler Luatua.
“It’s a blessing, it’s an honor to have Notre Dame recruit, not only one of your kids, but two,” said Moschetti. “The tradition, the academics, the people, the fan support, the coaching staff, what they accomplished last year, it speaks volumes. Dallis is really, really fired up about it.
“We’re excited. We have nothing but respect for Notre Dame. It’s really humbling.”
Todd may not be able to visit Notre Dame in the near future, but there’s a good chance he’ll get there at some point.
“It’s tough for an unofficial,” his coach said. “We haven’t really sat down and talked, but hopefully Notre Dame is a school he’ll be able to take an official to. Nothing’s out of the question though. Summer’s coming up, so we’ll see what happens. I’m sure he’d love to get out there, meet the coaching staff, the players and academic people.”
Moschetti said it’s a “definite possibility” that Todd and Luatua could visit together. The duo isn’t considered a package deal, but could end up together in the end.
“They’re very, very close,” said Moschetti. “They’re really good friends, but they also want to find a place where they feel they fit in, so who knows? It would be awesome for them to play together in college.”
Moschetti isn’t surprised Notre Dame did end up coming through with an offer for Todd.
“The upside with him is unbelievable,” he said. “He’s only played two years of football. When I first got him two years ago, he’d never even lifted a weight before. His sophomore year to his junior year, the difference is night and day. He is just so much more explosive. He’s bigger, he’s faster, he’s smarter. He understands the game.
“He has a Randy Moss-type body. One of the focal points this offseason is putting more weight on. He’s about 205 right now.”
Moschetti credits Todd for putting in the work to improve his game.
“He just gets better and better every day,” the coach said. “He’s a really humble kid. He knows he’s not a finished product. He’s grateful for everything that’s happened this whole recruiting process, but he understands he’s got to get a lot better in the weight room and on the field.
“He’s got very, very deceptive speed. He’s a legit 4.5 40-guy. He’s a long-strider. He was a lot more physical this past year than he was his first year playing football. He’s really working his butt off in the weight room. The sky is the limit for the kid.”
And Moschetti doesn’t expect Todd to stop pushing himself now.
“He’s never good enough,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you’re an NFL player or a Pop Warner player, you can always get better. That’s what makes Dallis special and our coaching staff special. We’re going to ride him and push him to where he can’t push himself.”