Is Notre Dame Still on McCalister's Radar?

Notre Dame was in the mix for an official visit for West Forsyth High (Clemmons, N.C.) defensive end Alex McCalister in the summer, but what is the latest? He has two favorites, so how does Notre Dame factor in? has the latest.

Alex McCalister is focusing on his senior season, which is why he is not looking hard on his official visit schedule.

However, when the 6-foot-6, 225-pound defensive end from West Forsyth High (Clemmons, N.C.) does get down to making visits, Notre Dame remains on his list of possible destinations.

McCalister already visited Wake Forest unofficially this season, and last week he made an unofficial visit to Georgia Tech for the game against North Carolina, according to West Forsyth coach Adrian Snow.

"Notre Dame, at one time, was one of those schools he wanted to visit," Snow said. "That was one he wanted to go to and see what they were about, and see the campus."

For a while McCalister, who holds 16 offers, was listing Florida and Georgia Tech has his leaders. But is that still the case?

"I would think that is right," Snow said. "It's the people. With (Georgia) Tech, he's from Georgia. When he was 7-years-old, he moved to North Carolina. He visited Georgia Tech in the summer, and he was enamored by them.

"And Florida treated him right, and you can see why they get so many (high-level) kids. If you go there, you have a chance to win a national title every year. And I'm not saying you can't at Georgia Tech, because they are doing very well."

Snow added Notre Dame may have a shot, but he needs to be brought to campus for an official visit in order to say McCalister has legitimate interest in the Irish.

"I think its kind of hard to gauge, but he definitely wants to go see them," Snow said. "He's been to those two places (Florida and Georgia Tech) so he saw them …but he likes the coach (assistant Mike Elston) recruiting him at Notre Dame."

One of the reasons so many schools are high on McCalister is his combination of size and speed. He is being recruited to play defensive end in a 4-3 defense, but Snow believes McCalister has the athleticism to play outside linebacker in a 3-4.

"The sky is the limit for him," Snow said. "If he stays healthy and works, he's got tools. You can't teach 6-6, you can't teach 7-2 wing span, you can't coach 4.06 (seconds) in the pro shuttle. You can't teach that. That was with six coaches standing and watching him that he ran the 4.06." Top Stories