Can Irish Crack 4-star CB Reeves' Top 5?

Catholic Memorial High (West Roxbury, Mass.) four-star cornerback Armani Reeves was offered by Notre Dame on Monday, and he spoke to IrishEyes.com about it. He also talked three schools in his top five, where the Irish stand, when he will have a complete top five and when a decision will likely be made.

Catholic Memorial High (West Roxbury, Mass.) four-star cornerback Armani Reeves already knows three of his top five schools, and Notre Dame became a possibility for one of the final two slot Monday.

That is when the Irish offered the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Reeves, who is Scout.com's ninth-rated cornerback in the 2012 class.

"I plan to establish a top five later in the summer," Reeves said. "I have three schools that are in my top five, and I'm trying to visit more schools to get the rest. (The three) are Michigan, Penn State and Stanford."

Notre Dame's recruitment of Reeves has been hot-and-cold since the early fall, but it has intensified again recently.

"I've always been a big fan of the program," Reeves said. "They contacted me earlier in my junior season, and then in December and January we lost contact, but then they contacted me and they came and visited my school, they talked to my coach for a while two weeks ago, and they were still really interested in me and they want to get me out there.

"They felt like I could help them at receiver or corner, as well as the return game and do a lot for their program."

It was Irish defensive coordinator Bob Diaco who stopped by Catholic Memorial when the spring evaluation period began, and Reeves said he was told coach Brian Kelly will be contacting him soon to talk more about the program.

"I've always watched them on t.v.," Reeves said. "I just know the history of it, the program, and usually they're a really good team and they have so much history behind them, and they're trying to get back to where they were before. It's pretty exciting to watch that, and if I were to go there, to be a part of that."

Reeves is being recruited as an athlete, with many schools saying he could play either receiver or cornerback.

As a junior at Catholic Memorial, he amassed 1,701 yards of offense and scored 16 touchdowns, and he made 37 tackles and on the offensive side of the ball. On defense, he registered 37 tackles and intercepted four passes. He also made a mark on special teams with a pair of touchdowns on punt returns.

"Most schools are recruiting me for both, and I like both positions the same," Reeves said. "It really doesn't matter which one I end up playing if I were to go there, or any other school."

Reeves is in the process of scheduling a trip to South Bend, Ind., which will be pivotal to the Irish landing in his top five.

"They want me to come out there in June, and we'll probably go out there to see the campus and everything," Reeves said. "It will be my first time going out there and seeing it."

Reeves said he plans on making his decision after the season.


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