Is Vegas RB Still on Notre Dame's Radar?

Running back Shaquille Powell opened his senior season by rushing for 300 yards and six touchdowns in Bishop Gorman High's season opener, and he has long been on the radar of Notre Dame. Powell spoke to about his latest performance, and his recruitment.

Bishop Gorman High (Las Vegas) Shaquille Powell rocked the recruiting world with a stellar opening game when he rushed for 300 yards and six touchdowns in last week's opener against Chaparral High (Scottsdale, Ariz.) in a 42-22 upset win.

It led to an offer from Duke, and the 5-foot-9, 195-pound running back is hoping it gets him more interest from other schools.

He continues to hear from Notre Dame, which is also recruiting his teammate, four-star offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley, but not at the frequency he desires.

"It's just a little bit here and there," Powell said. "It's light weight, here and there. I'm getting some mail, some email, but it's not a bunch. It's not as much as I want it to be. I think I'm still on their radar. They told me they were probably going to pick up two or three running backs this year. They're probably going to come in later."

Powell is content to let his recruitment take a slow course.

Although he is contemplating several visits, there is only one school definitely on his visit list.

"I only know one, for sure, that I'm going to take," Powell said. "It's to Vanderbilt. I want to take at least three, at a minimum. I don't know the other schools yet."

The offer from Duke came quickly – "I know a little bit about them, but not a lot. I'll definitely look at Duke," he said – and Powell admitted he has been hit with loads of attention after his performance, including "double the mail."

But even before the big game, he said USC, Nevada, UCLA, Washington and Stanford were all schools starting to recruit him with more fervor.

"I think having a performance like that will increase your stock value a lot," he said. "Having good games against nationally-ranked teams, you can add even more on it. That's what I'm hoping to do, and show all the scouts what I really can do." Top Stories