Scarlett schedules Notre Dame official visit

Four-star running back Cam Scarlett of Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic talks about why Notre Dame is the first school of his top five to get scheduled in the books for an official visit.

Four-star running back Cameron Scarlett of Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic released a top five last month of Notre Dame, Stanford, Oregon, UCLA and Washington.

Scarlett is in the middle of a week-long pre-season camp to prepare for his senior year and a repeat at the state championship. He also recently scheduled his first official visit, which will be to Notre Dame the weekend of Oct. 10 when the Irish welcome North Carolina into town.

“Notre Dame is the only school of the five that I haven’t seen,” Scarlett said. “That’s why I wanted to go ahead and schedule that one first because it’s important that I see it. We have our game on Thursday of that week, so that’s the perfect week to travel to Indiana. I'm really pumped to get out there and see it in person.”

"Just because Notre Dame is further away, that doesn't put them at a disadvantage," he said. "It will be what I truly think is the best school for me."

When Scarlett first described why Notre Dame made the cut for his top five despite not having visited campus before, he explained:

"I hope to compete for a BCS title every year I'm at college, and I feel like I can do that at Notre Dame. That's a big thing for me."

"Also, academically, it's hard to compete with Notre Dame. Not many schools are close to that. Another reason is that I have a good relationship with Coach (Matt) LaFleur and Coach (Tony) Alford."

With all five schools on equal footing as September approaches, it's hard for Scarlett to put his finger on a tangible reason as to what will separate one school from the others.

“It will just be a feeling I get from being on campus and around the coaches and the players,” Scarlett said. “It’s hard to describe. At this point, I like all of those schools in my top five, so it’s going to be more about a feeling and what I feel is right for me and where I think I can help contribute to a national championship team.”

Scarlett and Central Catholic are looking to repeat as Oregon State 6A champions, and they’ll open against archrival Jesuit, who they beat in the state championship game before they head down to California to take on Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco in a matchup of defending state champions.

“We lost our starting quarterback and our other running back this year, so my responsibilities will increase quite a lot,” Scarlett said. “But, I’m really looking forward to that and helping the young guys learn.”

Scarlett is a four-star running back and is ranked as the No. 32 running back in the class of 2015.

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