Irish Strolling to See Scout 300 QB Park

Notre Dame will visit Scout 300 quarterback Jacob Park next week, and IrishEyes.com has the latest on the Stratford High (Goose Creek, S.C.) four-star's recruitment.

Notre Dame will be at Stratford High (Goose Creek, S.C.) next week to watch quarterback Jacob Park throw, and will also hope to entice him into making a decision before he makes a decision in less than two months.

The Irish actually offered Park a few weeks ago after quarterback Gunner Kiel elected to transfer out of the program.

"Notre Dame was on him very early last year, and then got back involved recently because they had someone walk out on them in spring ball," Stratford coach Ray Stackley said. (Assistant coach) Mike Elston and the quarterback coach (Chuck Martin) have been on the phone with him, and they're coming down next Thursday."

Park, who is 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, recently excelled at the Elite 11 and Nike Football Training Camp events in suburban Washington, D.C., and Notre Dame sees the same thing in Park many others do.

"It's a combination of unbelievable arm strength, speed, fitting balls in and making throws a lot of kids at his age can't make," Stackley said. "He is very elusive, very versatile. …He's a gym rat kind of kid. Some people say he has that gunslinger mentality, and he does, but he's got that gym rat, winning mentality to make plays with his feet or his arm."

Alabama, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, West Virginia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State are all in contention for Park, who is trying to schedule June visits to Florida State, Georgia and Alabama.

Notre Dame is also on the radar, and the Irish are trying to get Park to visit, and time is of the essence.

"He's going to be in (college) in the second semester, so he's going to make his decision at the end of June," Stackley said. "He's not a kid that's tied into a southern state. He's wide open. He's going to go where he feels he's the best fit and he'd be happy to play football."

Location is not an issue, Stackley added.

"Alabama is Alabama. Notre Dame is Notre Dame," he said. "He's not going to be a guy that is going to rule out a school because of distance."


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