Irish Commitment Stronger Than Ever

Notre Dame football has seen its struggles this season, but several current verbal pledges remain steadfast in their commitments. Irish Eyes spoke with Brad Carrico to get the latest on his status.

Saturday night will find Brad Carrico working to extend his high school football career at Dublin (Ohio) Coffman High School. Despite now winning a league championship, Carrico and his teammates have high hopes as they enter the first round of the playoffs against Westerville (Ohio) South.

"We finished 8-2 this year and finished second in our conference. We lost to Hilliard Davidson this year who is our big rival. They are traditionally a good school having won like two state championships in the past five years. They got us this year and won the league so we had to settle for second place, but that was not our goal."

"As far as a state championship that goal remains the same. I feel we have kept making strides every week becoming a better team as we have better chemistry than we had early in the year. Therefore, we'll just keep taking small steps at this time. Right now winning state is not our focus, right now it is all about winning one game at a time and the rest will take care of itself."

This week has found Brad and his teammates watching lots of film as they take on an opponent who defeated them early in the season.

"We've been watching film and we feel we have improved a lot as a team since they beat us 31-21 early in the season. I feel we have gotten a lot better on the defensive side of the ball because the first time we played them they rushed for like 350 yards or so. We are real excited to get back out on the field and play them again. It will be another tough game, just like all the playoff games here in Ohio."

At the first of the year the 6-foot-6, 270-pound lineman will report to Notre Dame. Has there been any doubt about his choice of Notre Dame?

"My commitment to Notre Dame is as strong as it gets. Just because they are going through a little bit of a tough patch right now does not mean anything to me. All it does is motivate me to get on campus sooner and do everything I can to help the team."

While Brad has only been able to attend the Michigan game, he has stayed in contact with Irish coaches Tim Hinton and Mike Elston.

"I have talked with Coach Hinton and Elston a lot. They kind of give the same answer that they are working hard to improve each week. They did not bring this up to me, but look at the number of injuries they have had to key players. I do not feel you can really look too much into the record because this is their first season there. In addition, with all those injuries it is not helping their case at all. Coach Kelly has won everywhere he has been and I do not see Notre Dame being any different for him. I am sure he'll get things turned around and it is just a matter of time."

Stay tuned for our talk with Brad's mother in our latest "In a Mothers Words" report. Top Stories