ND In Magnuson's Top 5; Will Officially Visit

La Costa Canyon High (Encinitas, Calif.) offensive lineman Erik Magnuson told IrishEyes.com he will make an official visit to Notre Dame, and added he was ready to divulge the Irish are in his top five. What else did the 6-foot-6, 275-pounder have to say about Notre Dame and his recruiting? Come inside and check it out.

A full schedule on the AAU hoops circuit will keep La Costa Canyon High (Encinitas, Calif.) offensive tackle Erik Magnuson from visiting Notre Dame in the summer, but the Irish will gladly take the trade off.

The 6-foot-6, 275-pound Magnuson told IrishEyes.com he will be on campus in the fall, with the Oct. 22 night game against USC a target.

"I'm definitely going to come out for a game next year on an official visit," Magnuson said. "That's for sure. They're in my top five right now, so I'm going to use an official visit.

"I've thought about a couple of dates for the visit. I thought about coming for USC, that night game, and if not then, I'm not sure."

Magnuson said it is the first time he divulged a member of his top five, and added he was not ready to reveal the other four.

But there are a variety of reasons he feels comfortable placing the Irish in his top five.

"I know a lot about their football history," Magnuson said. "I know they struggled the last couple of years, obviously, but I feel comfortable with coach (Brian) Kelly being there, and I know the offensive line coach (Ed Warinner), and I feel like I could get playing time there. But as far as the school and all that, I don't know much."

Warinner's recruiting approach, in particular, is standing out to Magnuson.

"He's a good dude to talk to," Magnuson said. "Some of the recruiters talk, and you don't really get a chance to talk, but I've felt really comfortable with him."

Magnuson holds offers from nearly each Pac-12 school, and has visited many of those campuses. When analyzing schools, one of the things Magnuson will look at is the depth chart.

"What I'm looking for is somewhere I can get relatively early playing time, and somewhere I feel comfortable," he said. "It's going to be somewhere I'm living for the next four or five years."

And although he lives in an area with a large population of USC fans ("There's lot of Notre Dame people out here," he said), Magnuson isn't exactly leaning toward one of the Los Angeles schools (USC or UCLA) at this moment.

"Right now, I prefer to leave (the area)," Magnuson said while chuckling. "I don't think I'm going to make a decision until after the season."

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