Mike Denbrock was in California this week and one of the Notre Dame assistant’s stops was at Cosumnes Oaks High School in Elk Grove.
Cosumnes Oaks head coach Ryan Gomes said Denbrock was one of about 40 coaches to drop by the school on Tuesday to check on 2014 wide receiver Alex Van Dyke and 2014 offensive lineman Kameron Schroeder.
“Probably more specifically Alex,” Gomes said. “He is the premier national recruit that we have right now.”
But the coach added the Irish’s West Coast recruiter was impressed with both prospects.
“First off, he loves both of them as kids and just good young men,” Gomes said of Denbrock. “He recognizes that they take care of business academically, they’re great character kids, they’re humble and worker-type kids who could play at Notre Dame and fit into what they do at the elite level. He was impressed by how big both of them are.
“You don’t realize how big Van Dyke is until you see him in person. He’s a legit 6-4, 210 now and he’s running. We’ve got him projected out, the doctors are saying 6-5, 235, so he’s going to be a big-time Calvin Johnson-type receiver. One of the coaches that came through from one of the major schools said he had the biggest hands he’d ever seen on a kid. He just has big ole paws, just huge mitts.
“With Kameron, he was impressed with how he’s filled out. Kameron’s up to 270 now and he measured out with an 85-inch wingspan, which was the highest at USC’s Junior Day. Both of them are impressive kids when you see them in person.”
Van Dyke (pictured) has several offers already while Schroeder is still collecting offers even after giving his commitment to Duke last month. The Irish will be evaluating both prospects moving in the coming weeks.
“They’re definitely closer with Alex in terms of an offer,” Gomes said. “(Denbrock) said that unquestionably Alex is right there at the top of the board in terms of one of the other guys they could offer. Everybody is on the road right now and they’ll come back together as a staff in early-May. He said they’ll evaluate him again, put in his film again and at that point, we’ll know if he’s an offer guy.”
An offer from the Irish would get Van Dyke’s attention, according to his coach.
“Absolutely, he would be interested,” said Gomes. “Unquestionably. He’s got 20 official offers, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12, all over the country. He is going to go through the process and he is willing to go anywhere in the country. He’s not set on staying in California. He is an academic-minded kid. He’s got the Stanfords, UCLAs, Notre Dames and Northwesterns at the top of the list at this point.”
Schroeder seems pretty comfortable with his commitment, but isn’t completely shutting things down just yet.
“He’s committed to Duke and he is very excited about that decision. He feels like it’s the best fit for him. Coaches are continuing to come through and offer him. He’s at nine official offers right now. He’s going to continue to go through the process, but he is definitely committed to Duke.”