Irish In Line for Kearse Official Visit

South Fort Myers (Fla.) High athlete Jayron Kearse released his top five today, and Notre Dame is on it. Notre Dame is also the only school on the list he will not visit this summer, but it could mean an early crack at an official visit, and has the details.

South Fort Myers (Fla.) High standout Jayron Kearse released his top five schools via Twitter today, and Notre Dame is there along with Auburn, Miami, Clemson and USC.

And by the end of the summer, the lone school of the quintet he will not have visited is Notre Dame, but that only means there is more urgency for him to make an official visit to see the Irish.

"We haven't really talked about it, but he's going to try and get to Auburn (this weekend)," South Fort Myers coach Grant Redhead said. "He's not going to be able to make it to South Bend, but he's trying to get to Auburn and at least see Auburn over the summer. That way, there is only one place he hasn't seen, and that's Notre Dame, and then that may be one of the first visits that he takes.

"Once we start camp, we're all about the season. That's why we took the trips this summer. He's going to keep in touch with those five schools. We're just going to focus on the season."

All the schools are recruiting Kearse to play defense, either in the secondary or weakside linebacker.

The issue with scheduling the trip to Notre Dame is a demanding schedule for South Fort Myers and a team rule in which players don't take official visits unless it is a bye week.

Redhead said the only bye during the season comes in the 11th week, which matches when the Irish host Pittsburgh on Nov. 3. After that, visits may have to wait until January if South Fort Myers makes a run to the state title game, which is realistic.

For now, though, Kearse will finish his summer visits with the trip to Auburn and then concentrate on the season

"The kid, as a player, he brings so much," Redhead said. "He ‘wows' everybody. He's so long. He's physical. He's aggressive. He can rush off the edge."

Kearse, who already pulled back commitments to Auburn and Miami, visited Clemson, USC and Miami.

He transferred to South Fort Myers from Cypress Lake High (Fort Myers, Fla.) in the spring, and will play receiver and in the secondary.

"He can play on the outside, he can play in the slot, he may run some wildcat quarterback," Redhead said. "He's going to play in all our safety spots. We run a 4-2-5, and he's going to play our coverage safety, and our strong safety. The good thing about what he's doing now is they will see him play where he's going to play in college.

"Offensively, we're use him here and there, but defensively he's a mainstay." Top Stories