Irish Continue Recruiting Nevada Running Back

Notre Dame is in the market for multiple running backs, and one target resides in the desert in Las Vegas Bishop Gorman High's Shaquille Powell. He recently spoke to IrishEyes.com about his recruitment, and whether Notre Dame will offer.

When Notre Dame assistant coaches Mike Denbrock and Ed Warinner stopped by Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas) to check on four-star offensive lineman Ronnie Stanley, they also checked out running back Shaquille Powell.

And while Powell is yet to land an offer from the Irish, the 5-foot-9, 195-pounder believes one could be coming soon.

"They're showing me a good amount of interest," Powell said. "They say there's a high chance of an offer, and that they're recruiting three running backs this year, and they said I'm very high on their list, but they want to see how I do in camps. That could be a key factor in helping met get that offer."

Powell is uncertain if he will camp at Notre Dame this month, but he will be camping at Fresno next weekend, and is also looking at several other camps.

And with the way scouting works, strong performances on the camp circuit could help him with the Irish.

"I have to show I can do it all, and I can be the offensive threat everyone says I am," he said. "I have to show I can really go out there and compete with all the California teams."

Powell holds offers from Arizona State, Illinois, Vanderbilt and UNLV, but the he believes he could be effective in Notre Dame's spread offense.

"We run spread on our team, from a shotgun," Powell said. "I think the spread offense gives you more time to assess what hole you want to pick. The defense can't pull in and guess that it's a run because the spread offense, you can do anything.

"As a back, you may not get all the touches you want, but when you get those touches, it will give you a big opportunity to make things happen."

Powell rushed for 1,292 yards and 17 touchdowns on 135 carries as a junior, and he likes what Notre Dame represents.

"I have a lot of interest in Notre Dame," Powell said. "It's a great school, and looking at their schedule, they play some top teams. That's what I'm looking for, too. I want to play the best in college, so Notre Dame really stands out."


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