Florida WR Has Tentative Notre Dame Visit Set

Notre Dame assistant coach Tim Hinton visited Lincoln High of Tallahassee, Fla., twice during the contact period to check in on 6-foot-1, 190-pound Raph Andrades. An official visit date was tentatively set, but Andrades is yet to receive an offer. He spoke to IrishEyes.com about his recruitment, the Irish and what has to happen for him to grab an offer.

Lincoln High (Tallahassee, Fla.) receiver Raph Andrades popped on Notre Dame's radar two months ago, and for the second time since the contact period began Nov. 27, Irish assistant coach Tim Hinton was at the school to check on him.

And Andrades, who does not hold an offer, thinks highly enough of the Irish to tentatively set an official visit for Jan. 13. And if an offer comes his way, the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder made it clear how much he likes the Irish.

"(Hinton) said things could change by (the visit date), but we just don't know," Andrades said. "I'm just going with it. I'm not making too much of it, but if they give me an opportunity to play there, I'll take it."

Indeed, when asked again, Andrades said he would commit if offered but it appears a few things need to take place for an offer to come his way.

"He was telling me they were really interested, but there were a few people ahead of me," Andrades said. "He said that date, but he said things could change by then."

Andrades is familiar with Notre Dame, and has spent plenty of time talking to Hinton about it.

"He explained a lot to me," Andrades said. "I know they have a lot of pride and tradition, they're a religious school and they have a good graduation rate, one of the top graduation rates in the country.

"You need the academics to fall back on. That is what my mom has been preaching to me ever since I was a young kid, that I have to get my work done before I do my sports. I can get hurt and that could end my career."

Andrades made a move on the recruiting scene this season while catching 42 passes for 800 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He visited Kentucky over the weekend, has a Jan. 20 trip to Arkansas set and is also hearing from Vanderbilt and Illinois.

"It was great," Andrades said of the Kentucky trip. "I loved it there. I got a chance to meet the coaches and some of the players. I got to see the facilities and I got to go to the North Carolina game. I picked the right weekend to go."


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