Local running back takes in Notre Dame

Running back Shaq Vann of South Bend (Ind.) Adams was on hand Saturday for Notre Dame vs. Oklahoma. He recaps the highlights of the visit, including a conversation with Notre Dame running backs coach Tony Alford.

Notre Dame hosted a local running back on Saturday, Shaq Vann of South Bend Adams. Vann, a senior, piqued the interest of the Irish after running for over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns through just five games on the season.

"I went [to Notre Dame] with my mom and a teammate," Vann said. "We got there around 11:30 a.m. and I got to talk with Coach (Tony) Alford. He was really excited to see me. He told me to keep working hard this season and not to get a big head because Notre Dame was showing interest in me. He wants me to come back for another game, and I definitely will."

Vann said the overall atmosphere at Notre Dame on Saturday was something that was impossible to ignore.

"The players' walk was one my favorite parts," Vann said. "The fans were great, and it was crazy that some of them were yelling my name and recognized me. The game atmosphere was unbelievable. I have been to a Notre Dame game before as a fan, but it's different as a recruit. The crowd was wild the entire time."

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound running back watched Notre Dame's George Atkinson rush for close to 200 yards on his best outing of the season thus far.

"The thing I really like about George Atkinson is that I know he's known for his speed, but yesterday he really ran down hill," Vann said. "He was running hard."

Vann holds offers from Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Miami (OH) and Toledo.

"I visited Central Michigan this summer, and I'll visit Eastern Michigan, Miami and Toledo soon," Vann said. "I'm excited to see what those schools are about."

Vann is also hearing from Purdue. As far as his play on the field, Vann first talked about his approach to the game.

"I just play my role," Vann said. "Whatever my coach wants me to do, I'll do it and not complain. I try to lead and do whatever I can for the team. I'm a physical back. I don't really try to go around you. I get in your face, run you over and use my stiff arm."


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