Indiana Backer Likes ND

Indianapolis (Bishop Chatard) linebacker Derek DiSalvo says the Irish are one of his favorites as he begins the camp circuit. DiSalvo's teammate Ryan Baker also has the Notre Dame high on his wish list.

Name - Derek DiSalvo

Position - Linebacker

Ht, Wt, Speed - 6-1, 228, 4.7

High School - Indianapolis (Bishop Chatard)

Honors - Junior All-State

Scholarship Offers - Indiana University

Favorites - Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, Nebraska, Indiana and Purdue.

Comments - Derek DiSalvo joins Bishop Chatard teammate Ryan Baker as one of the top prospects in the Midwest for the 2003 season

DiSalvo is coming off an impressive junior season in which he had 146 tackles, 26 of those tackles were for loss. He also had eight sacks, three interceptions and blocked three punts.

"Indiana is my only scholarship offer right now," said DiSalvo.

"My favorites are Michigan, Notre Dame, Stanford, Nebraska, Indiana and Purdue.

"I went to Illinois yesterday (6/16) and I'm going to be at Michigan with Ryan (Baker) today and tomorrow (6/17-6/18).

"I'll be at Northwestern on June 24th and I plan on getting to Nebraska and Purdue sometime this summer as well."

Derek DiSalvo made it very clear that he's completely open right now and he's listening to all the schools that are interested in him.

Derek DiSalvo and Ryan Baker are two of the Midwest prospects that I'll get to see in person this season. I'll be traveling to Cincinnati to watch Bishop Chatard take on Ohio powerhouse, Cincinnati Elder. Top Stories