Vickers intrigued by Notre Dame offer
Last month, Notre Dame secured a commitment from a top 10 running back, Elijah Hood of North Carolina's Charlotte Catholic. On Wednesday, the Irish extended an offer to another premier running back in the class of 2014, Johnathan Vickers of Tallahassee (Fla.) North Christian Academy. "My high school head coach told me that Notre Dame was offering me," Vickers said. [Notre Dame tight ends ] Coach (Scott) Booker came by my school today and spoke with my coaches. I knew that Notre Dame was interested in me because I've talked recently with [running backs] Coach (Tony) Alford and Coach Booker before on the phone." At 6-foot-2, 210-pounds, Vickers is an all-purpose back that can be utilized in a variety of roles on the field. "Notre Dame wants to take two good running backs in this junior class," Vickers said. "They like that I am a big, physical guy that has speed and that I'm elusive for my size. We run the spread offense in my high school, so I have good hands and can run good routes." Vickers says he's well aware of Notre Dame's recent success on the field as well as their long-standing tradition. "Notre Dame was just in the BCS national championship, so I know they have one of the best football programs in the country," Vickers said. "I also saw that they had some good players go in the NFL draft and they are known for getting their players to the league. There is a lot of history at Notre Dame." Vickers visited South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida State this spring, and he believes those three schools are all close to offering. He currently has a top two of Alabama and Florida State. "I will probably come out with a top five during the middle or towards the end of summer after I take some more visits," Vickers said. "I'm not sure where I'm going to visit yet or if I'm going to camp anywhere." Does Notre Dame have a good shot at landing a visit? "Oh yeah, definitely," Vickers said. Vickers' decision could come soon after he releases a top five. "I will probably take a couple of officials, but I would like to decide in the early fall." "The chemistry that I have with the coaches, especially the running backs coach is going to be the main thing," Vickers said. Also, how I get along with the current players and what kind of class they are bringing in will matter." "I definitely like the South, but Notre Dame is a school that could get me to leave," Vickers said. Vickers is currently a three-star prospect who is ranked as the No. 36 running back in 2014. As a sophomore, Vickers ran for 1,537 yards for 16 touchdown and had 243 receiving yards on 20 receptions and three touchdown catches.
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