Gilmore Interested in Irish

Notre Dame signed Justin Utupo in its 2010 recruiting class so the Irish staff is familiar with Lakewood High School (Calif.) Lancer head coach Thadd Mac Neal has more talent in the class of 2012 with junior wide receiver Malik Gilmore.

Malik Gilmore doesn't have Jesse Scroggins to throw to him this year, so his numbers are a little down, but his talent is easy to spot on the field. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound junior wide receiver has caught the attention of a number of top programs including Notre Dame.

"I've been getting mail," Gilmore said when asked about his contact with Notre Dame. "They sent a questionnaire, but they haven't asked for transcripts. They've just sent mail about the program and a game invite to come out and some out and see a game.

"I'm definitely interested in Notre Dame. There's real good football out there. They have great tradition. It's a real good atmosphere and it's a real good education.

"I came in to Lakewood last year when (Justin Utupo) was a senior," he said. "He was the captain. I wouldn't say that we were real close, but I know who he is and I talk to him when I see him."

Gilmore is waiting on his first scholarship offer, but with a number of top programs sending him recruiting material, it shouldn't be long before he lands his first.

"Oregon, Cal, UCLA, Washington, LSU, Arkansas, Duke are sending me stuff," he said. "There are more I just can't think of them right now. Most of the schools I want to consider, I'm hearing from, so I'm pretty grateful.

"I went to two of UCLA's home games and that was nice. I've been talking to my dad about trying to go to a Cal game and we're considering going out to a Notre Dame game as well. If not this year I'll try to get out for a game next year."

Gilmore would like to get out to see as many campuses as he can. It's possible he may participate in a few one-day camps, like he did last summer.

"I went to the USC camp and I went to Stanford's camp and got top performer at both of them," he said. "I went to the UCLA camp as well. I went in the Badger 7-on-7 camp as well."

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