Door Open for Irish

Notre Dame will be very thin at cornerback next season, so it is important to bring in at least three in the 2011 recruiting class. Cornerback Ronnie Harris from Westlake High School (Atlanta, Ga.) recently received a visit from Notre Dame and he's interested in the Irish.

Notre Dame has four cornerback commitments already for the 2011 recruiting class, but at least two of those could end up playing safety for the Irish. Knowing that, the Irish coaching staff would like to add another cornerback to the class and they've shown interest in Ronnie Harris (5-foot-9, 160-pounds).

"About three weeks ago, coach Martin was in visiting my coach and he happen to stop into my coaches office when he was there," Harris said. "We really didn't talk then, but I called him when I got home.

"He told me that they were evaluating my film. I was pretty excited that Notre Dame was up there, but I really haven't gotten any calls or emails from them since. I thought it was just a hit or miss thing, but hopefully they're interested."

It is fairly late in the recruiting process for a school to begin recruiting a prospect, but Harris will keep the door open for the Irish.

"I have it pared down to Stanford and Tennessee, but it's never too late for Notre Dame," he said. "That's a school that I'd give serious consideration.

"One of my former coaches is an alumnus of Notre Dame and we were just talking about Notre Dame today. They have a great education and they have great exposure. Every game is on TV not matter what. They play all the heavy hitters, they play great schools and I think it's a great opportunity. So, I don't think it's ever too late for Notre Dame."

If Notre Dame decides not to recruit Harris, he's in good position with the two schools still under consideration.

"I've taken an official visit to Stanford," he said. "I went unofficially to Tennessee for a camp and I went the year before that for a game.

"I don't have an official visit set up with Tennessee. I'm pretty busy with my basketball season. Hopefully I'll schedule my official visit during our bye week."

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