The recruiting process is still in the early stages for Dare Odeyingbo.
The Texas running back is just a junior, in his second year as the starting tailback for Cistercian Prep and he’ll definitely end up with more offers than the one he currently holds.
But the 2015 running back from Irving, Texas has a pretty good idea of what he’s looking for in a college when he was asked about his favorite schools recently.
“Off the top of his head, his top three schools were Notre Dame, USC and Stanford,” Cistercian head coach Steve McCarthy said.
The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Odenyingbo isn’t a typical Texas prospect with dreams of playing for one of the in-state powers or another specific Southwestern program.
“Cistercian is a very high academic school and we have quite a few kids at Notre Dame,” McCarthy said, “That’s one of the big places for our kids to go.
“Dare’s Nigerian and they’ve moved around. They lived in Louisville for quite a while and have quite a bit of family in that area. To be completely honest with you, I’d be surprised if he ends up in Texas. This is a high academic school and they look at the academic schools and that’s one of his thoughts. He’s a smart kid. As a sophomore, he took the SAT and already scored 1950.”
Odenyingbo will have the chance to watch the Irish in person on Saturday as he attends their Shamrock Series matchup against Arizona State at AT&T Stadium.
The Irish’s interest has stepped up recently.
“He’s starting to get some looks,” said McCarthy said. “He went to an unofficial at Oklahoma a few weeks ago. He actually has an offer from Texas Tech. Notre Dame has shown up here in probably the last three or four weeks.”
McCarthy isn’t surprised to see schools like Notre Dame and Oklahoma after Odenyingbo.
“He’s an athlete,” said the coach. “The kid’s 6-2, 235 now. He’s been our starting tailback since he was a sophomore. He has almost 3,500 yards coming into (last night's) game. He also plays defensive end. Some schools are looking at him as a linebacker.
“The kid runs extremely well and has great feet. He’s like a freight train. You don’t realize how fast he is, he’s football fast. If he gets an edge, you don’t catch him, but he’s also not a 4.5-kid. He has great hands.”