Notre Dame continues to work very hard to build, can we daresay, SEC-like depth on the offensive and defensive lines. The 2014 offensive line class consists of four highly touted recruits and the defensive line currently has four top level recruits signed as well though some of those may well end up at outside linebacker. The Irish still have targets, though, on both sides of the ball at the line positions and would love to add even more depth. Last week Irish Sports Daily spoke to two young men that the Notre Dame coaching staff would like to add to the recruiting class of 2014. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Sports Daily?
Damien Mama, 6-5, 350, St. John Bosco High School, Bellflower, CA has narrowed his list to eight schools from over thirty scholarship offers. Notre Dame is on that list and is being seriously considered by Mama despite what some may be saying to the contrary.
“I’ve narrowed my list down to eight schools and I’ll probably narrow it down further after the season,” said the four-star prospect. “The schools that are in my top eight are Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Alabama, Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio State and BYU.”
Mama (pictured) also addressed the rumors that he was only paying lip service to the Irish.
“I’m definitely considering Notre Dame and you should know I’m serious about them because they’re in my top eight and that’s out of over thirty schools,” he explained. Notre Dame’s a great institution and you can get an unbelievable education there, so I have to consider them.”
“I’m coming from a Catholic school, so the fact that they’re a Catholic institution influences my interest in them a lot. They also have a great alumni network system that will help you long after you’re done with football.”
Mama’s next exposure to Notre Dame will be an official visit scheduled for this fall and he won’t be coming alone. Accompanying him on the trip will be at least two other California prospects that are also being heavily recruited by the Irish.
“I’m definitely looking forward to taking a trip up there for the USC game,” Mama said. “I’ll be coming up with Tyler Luatua and Juju Smith. We talk and joke around a lot about all of us playing together at the same school, but in the end we know it’s a decision that we must each make ourselves and choose what’s best for each of us and our families.”
Mama also made it clear that distance would not play a factor in his final decision.
“I can tell you that distance is definitely not going to play a factor in my decision,” he informed. “Being able to see another culture and experience the atmosphere of another place could be pretty nice, but we’ll see.”
Notre Dame has turned to the other coast in their search to bolster their defensive line. Anthony Moten, DT, 6-4, 280, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Fort Lauderdale, FL made a quick commitment to the Florida Gators back in April but has since backed off of that. Last week he released a new top five and while it doesn’t include Florida it does include Notre Dame.
“I was just talking with my coaches and everything,” Moten said of his decision to decommit. “I think it was the right decision. Miami, Florida State, South Carolina, Michigan State and Notre Dame,” said the Florida defensive tackle of his new top five.
Moten is current teammates with Irish commit Corey Holmes and good friends with recent Irish pledge linebacker Richard Yeargin III. Notre Dame hopes that those connections will help with the Florida defensive tackle’s recruitment.
“Definitely my friends Corey Holmes and Richard Yeargin committing,” said Moten of his increased interest in Notre Dame. “That’s a nice tight comfortable crowd from Broward County. I’ve got friends there now and the Irish have something to gain after this year.”
Holmes and Yeargin III are planning on doing big things at Notre Dame and want Moten to come on board to be part of it.
“They told me that Notre Dame is a great program and everything,” Moten said. “They said they had one good season and they’re trying to keep it going. They said we can go over there and be the best that ever came out of Notre Dame.”
Tony Alford, Notre Dame Recruiting Coordinator and Running Backs Coach, is recruiting Moten. They have been in touch previously and Moten plans to speak with him again soon. He also plans to visit South Bend this fall.
“Definitely, definitely, definitely,” said Moten of his plans to visit. “I’m trying to get out there for a visit for sure. I’ll probably take officials to four of those schools. Corey is always up there (Notre Dame). He told me to pick a date and he’d go with me. He’s always up there and I’ll definitely get in touch with Richard to try to get this thing going.”
Moten has no timetable for making a decision but does not plan to rush it.
“Definitely after I take my visits,” he said of his timetable. “I definitely want to take it slow now.”
These two summaries represent just a sample of the Notre Dame football recruiting information available each week on Irish Sports Daily.