Florida Linebacker Interested in Irish

<P>Linebacker Keith Rivers from Lake Mary Florida is a name that recruitniks will be hearing a lot about this coming season. The 6-2, 200-pound linebacker has been clocked with 4.5 40 speed, and boasts a 340-pound bench press. With his 160 tackles (105 solo), 11 Tackles for loss, and three sacks, big time programs have taken notice. </P>

"I have 14 offers so far. USC, Miami, Florida, Georgia, Florida State and South Carolina to name a few." Where is Notre Dame in the equation? "I've received mail from Notre Dame and I just filled out the questionnaire they sent me. I sent them a highlight tape as well. I'm very interested in [Notre Dame] but they haven't offered me a scholarship yet. My top 5 are USC, Miami, Florida State, Georgia, and Notre Dame. I'm not exactly sure what my G.P.A. is right now but I know there is room for improvement and that's what I've been doing. I made the honor roll this past marking period and I take the S.A.T. this weekend."

Rivers seems to have a pretty busy summer ahead of him. "I haven't been to any camps yet, but this year I'll be camping at USC, Florida, and Florida State." Growing up in California, Rivers really liked USC. "You can say USC was my childhood favorite. Being from California, everyone liked them. However, since I moved to Florida, I've become a [Florida State] Seminoles fan since I now live in Seminole County."

Rivers doesn't have a time frame for his decision. It's quite obvious that he is really enjoying the early recruiting process. "I'm just letting things play out right now."

Comments: Rivers has genuine interest in Notre Dame. Obviously, distance doesn't matter to him because the two schools he discussed the most were USC and Notre Dame. It will be interesting to see if the Irish can snatch him away from his childhood favorite USC and out of FSU's backyard. It certainly seems that an offer would help Notre Dame's chances. USC is his leader at the moment, but from the sound of it, this one won't be over any time soon.

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