Kief talks Irish

Wide receiver Derek Kief of Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle most recently added Notre Dame to his offer list, and the wideout goes in-depth on where the Irish stand with him right now and how he's approaching recruitment.

With the attrition Notre Dame has experienced recently at the wideout position, the Irish were able to extend two new offers to wide receivers on Thursday. Dallis Todd of La Mirada (Calif.) High and Derek Kief of Cincinnati (Ohio) La Salle were the guys to add Irish offers to their list.

"I was a little surprised that Notre Dame offered because I had spoken with them before, and they said they didn't have room to offer another wide receiver," Kief said. "But, they've had a couple of transfers, and they said I was one of the first guys they wanted to offer. [Defensive line] coach (Mike) Elston wants to get me on campus."

"I'll definitely take a visit," Kief said. "I just need to talk with my parents and figure out when the best time to go would be. It will be this spring or this summer most likely."

Kief had previously named a tentative top four of Alabama, Kentucky, Northwestern, and Ohio State, but Kief says he's still very open.

"Yeah, those are the four schools that are standing out but I still have a lot of schools I want to see," Kief said. "If those were a solid top four, I wouldn't be scheduling visits to other places. Oregon, Stanford, and Purdue might be close [to offering]. There's a good chance Notre Dame might be up there after I take a visit and see it with my own eyes with my family."

Kief most recently took a visit to Ohio State last weekend, and there was some speculation a commitment to the Buckeyes might occur during his visit.

"I had made it clear before my visit that I was not going to commit this early to them," Kief told Scout.com's Dave Berk. "I really enjoyed my trip to Ohio State and it was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed meeting with the coaches and I can't think of anything I disliked."

Kief understands the benefits of going Irish.

"They have a really good tradition and great academics," Kief said. "They can set you up for life, I know that. They also have a great football program because they just reached the national championship."

The 6-foot-5, 195-pound wide receiver says the technical side of his game is what puts him in the elite category.

"I think I run great routes for my size and I get off my breaks well," Kief said. "I have good ball skills. I'm working to improve the physical part of my game, which will come with getting in the weight room. I can play outside or inside. Depending on the play, I move around."

Kief doesn't have an exact timetable for decision in mind, but he's contemplating a decision before fall.

"I don't necessarily know when I'm going to make my decision," Kief said. "It might be better if I do it before my season starts. I might not take any [official visits]."

Kief is a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 32 wide receiver in the 2014 class.

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