Alford offers coveted Florida athlete

Running back will be a position of emphasis in the 2015 class, especially with the Irish passing on adding a prospect at the position in the 2014 cycle. Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Tony Alford has a reputation for successfully pulling blue-chip prospects out of the Sunshine State. Will four-star athlete Jordan Cronkrite be added to that list?

During Notre Dame recruiting coordinator Tony Alford's in-home visits with a few key 2014 prospects in Florida leading up to Signing Day, he's also focused some of his attention on the 2015 class.

Alford offered three-star running back T.J. Simmons of Lakeland (Fla.) Christian last week, and on Tuesday, he stopped by Miami's Westminister Christian Academy to offer four-star running back Jordan Cronkrite.

"I was really surprised by the offer," Cronkrite said. "I hadn't talked to any of the coaches before, so it somewhat caught me off guard when my head coach told me there was a Notre Dame coach at our school to see me and offer me a scholarship."

"I met Coach Alford briefly, and he seems like a great guy," Cronkrite added. "I only talked to him for a minute because of the rules, but you could tell how much passion he has."

Cronkrite claims double-digit offers, including Alabama, Clemson, Florida State and Tennessee, but he doesn't have any favorites.

"Everyone is even right now," he said. "It's still early. I want to find a place with a great education and a place where I can feel comfortable."

Cronkrite has a few visits lined up for the spring. Last summer, he completed a summer tour, making stops at Alabama, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Vanderbilt. He's also made multiple visits to Florida State, where his sister attends school, and Miami.

"I'll visit Miami this weekend for junior day and West Virginia next week," Cronkrite said. "I know I'm going to try to get up to Notre Dame for junior day or one day during the summer. The coaches just have to set that up and talk to my parents."

The 6-foot, 195-pound athlete said he's familiar with the obvious components of Notre Dame and knows of 2014 linebacker commit Richard Yeargin.

"I played against a few players that are going to Notre Dame, like Richard Yeargin," Cronkrite said. "It's a great school with great academics."

Cronkrite also plays linebacker and safety at Westminister, and most schools are recruiting him as an athlete at this stage in the process.

"I like to think I'm an all-around running back," Cronkrite said. "I can catch the ball out of the backfield, make people miss in the open field and also use my speed."

Cronkrite is ranked as a four-star running back by Scout.com and as the No. 25 running back in the class of 2015.

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