Elston offers Canadian defensive lineman

Notre Dame offered its first Canadian in the 2015 class, three-star defensive lineman Neville Gallimore on Catharines, Ontario. Gallimore explains why he likes Notre Dame from the get-go.

On Tuesday afternoon, Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Elston tweeted a picture of his passport with the caption, "No longer a National recruiter, I'm International!"

The following day, three-star defensive lineman Neville Gallimore of Catharines, Ontario was offered.

"He (Elston) visited my school (Canada Prep Football Academy), and met with my coach," Gallimore said. "I spoke with him over the phone prior to him coming to my school. Coach Elston, as well as the rest of the defensive staff, were very excited, and they really enjoyed my film. They feel I could be a great fit for the team at the defensive line position."

The 6-foot-3, 303-pound lineman's versatility also appeals to the staff.

"They like me more so as a three technique, but have no problem moving me to defensive end, depending on the front."

So far, Gallimore has collected close to 20 offers, including California, Cincinnati, Kansas, Maryland, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Pittsburgh, South Florida, TCU, UCLA, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

"I plan on taking unofficials this summer to schools within driving distance to where I live," Gallimore said. "Schools such Maryland, Rutgers, Syracuse, Ohio State, to name a few."

Gallimore has always had hopes of playing football in college in the United States.

"I'm looking for a team that has a great football atmosphere and great environment of people," Gallimore said. "I'm also looking for a team that has strong chemistry, a team that has family atmosphere, and a team that has coaches that do care and have a strong relationship with their players."

"My coach is an alum of Cal-Berkley, so he knew a lot of people and had a large database of coaches he could call or e-mail about all of us," Gallimore said. "He has done a great job of getting our names out there and letting colleges know about us."

Gallimore says he's aware of the rich football tradition of Notre Dame.

"I know Notre Dame has a prestige football tradition and has produced pro caliber players that have the opportunity to play football at the next level," Gallimore said. "They also have great education. I do plan on visiting when the opportunity presents itself."

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