Staff changes may have slowed Notre Dame’s 2015 recruiting but clearly the Irish are rapidly making up for lost time. Numerous 2015 offers have gone out and they’re already getting strong responses from many of their early targets. Last week Irish Sports Daily reported on two southern recruits that have earned Notre Dame scholarship offers and appear to have genuine interest in the Irish. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Sports Daily?
Rashard Causey, DB, 6-0, 185, University High School, Fort Lauderdale, FL was taking a hard look at Notre Dame before the Irish even offered him a scholarship. Naturally, once Notre Dame did step up Causey (pictured) was understandably excited.
“It was a great feeling to know that I have a Notre Dame offer,” he shared. “I was considering that school even before they started talking to me, so it was a great thing.”
Though the Irish weren’t the speedy Florida defensive back’s first offer, it was nevertheless very special.
“They have great academics,” he said. “I love the tradition on the team and my boy Richard Yeargin is going there.”
Yeargin, a 2014 linebacker commit for Notre Dame, has done a bit of recruiting for the Irish. Causey has apparently been listening.
“We never really chatted about it until the other day,” he admitted. “He said ‘I think you should really consider it.’”
Causey hopes to make it up to South Bend at some point in the future but it probably won’t be during this football season but rather sometime next year, during the offseason. In all likelihood, he will be making other trips as well. He already holds over a dozen scholarship offers, including one from each of the big three Florida schools, Florida State, Miami and the University of Florida. However, his recruitment has already gone national so in addition to Notre Dame and the Florida schools he also lists Wisconsin, Ole Miss, Georgia and Clemson among those that have captured his attention.
“All of those schools have the profession I want to go into and I like the way their defenses are playing,” he said. “Those schools have great academics. I want to become a pharmacist, so I want to be a biomedical major.”
Notre Dame has captured the attention of another southern recruit, this one a bit further west. Darrion Daniels, DT, 6-4, 290, Bishop Dunne High School, Dallas, TX hails from the same school as current Irish recruits Nick Watkins and Payton Hendrix. The Notre Dame coach in charge of recruiting Texas. Kerry Cooks, spotted Daniels while checking in on Watkins and Hendrix. After watching game tape of Daniels from Bishop Dunne’s first three contests this season, the Irish stepped up with an offer.
“They’ve known of him quite a while, but we finally sent film out on his first three games just last week and Coach (Kerry) Cooks said he liked what he saw and they wanted to offer him,” said Bishop Dunne head coach Michael Johnson. “This is his second offer of the day because he was offered by Oklahoma earlier also.”
According to Johnson, Daniels has been dominant at the line of scrimmage for Bishop Dunne so far this year in helping his team to a 2-1 record. While the head coach admits that his talented lineman has much yet to learn he firmly believes that he possesses all the tools to be great.
“Darrion’s a great football player who plays right tackle for us on offense and defensive tackle for us on defense,” Johnson said. “Notre Dame’s offering him at defensive tackle and it’s easy to see why. He’s got great hands, is very athletic, moves really well and can get off blocks. For us he’s a huge upgrade up the middle because he can play the nose, the three technique or the one technique. He’s just so athletic that if you wanted him to play the rush end on certain plays, he can do that. He’s just a huge wealth of talent.”
Notre Dame has always been trying to get a bigger foothold into Texas and they might have found the perfect match with Bishop Dunne, at least according to Johnson.
“We have great student athletes that take care of business in the classroom and they do well on the football field, so it’s a win-win situation,” Johnson explained. “The fact that Notre Dame’s a Catholic school also helps as well so I’m not surprised at all by the interest between Notre Dame and the players.”
The Irish really want to get Daniels to South Bend for a visit but Johnson is unsure when that might take place.
“It’s still really early for Darrion in the recruiting process and I know Notre Dame is really busy right now, but they really wanted me to know that Darrion has an offer,” Johnson said. “I’m really not sure when we’ll get up there for a visit, but we hope it’ll be sometime next spring. Sometime soon we’ll sit down and work out all the details.”
These two summaries represent just a sample of the Notre Dame football recruiting information available each week on Irish Sports Daily.