'I feel like I can do that at Notre Dame'

Four-star running back Cameron Scarlett of Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic recently released a top five of Notre Dame, Oregon Stanford, UCLA and Washington. He explains why the Irish made his cut and the moment he knew Notre Dame wouldn't be left off that list of five.

The top five for one of the top running backs coming out of the West in the 2015 class is Notre Dame, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Washington.

Four-star back Cameron Scarlett of Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic has Notre Dame on his list for a variety of reasons.

"The main reason(s) Notre Dame made it is because of their tradition and consistency on competing as a national level," Scarlett said.

"That's a big thing for me. I hope to compete for a BCS title every year I'm at college, and I fell like I can do that at Notre Dame."

"Also, academically, it's hard to compete with Notre Dame," Scarlett said. "Not many schools are close to that. Another reason is that I have a good relationship with Coach (Matt) LaFleur and Coach (Tony) Alford."

Scarlett knew Notre Dame would make his cut the moment the Irish offered.

"Ever since then, I knew I would have a lot of interest in Notre Dame," Scarlett said. "You can't not be interested in a school like that."

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound running back is planning on visiting Notre Dame before making a commitment in the fall.

"I haven't planned anything yet, but I just recently looked at their schedule, and since I plan on committing in late October or early November, I think the Michigan game would be great to go to," Scarlett said.

Thus far, Scarlett has visited Oregon, Stanford and Washington of the programs in his top five. He plans to visit Stanford again next week and potentially UCLA before his senior year starts.

"I've already made great relationships with all of the coaches, so that's out of the way," Scarlett said. "Now, it's going to be about how I feel on campus and around the players."

As a junior, he rushed for 2,900 all-purpose yards and 33 touchdowns.

"I like to think I'm a versatile back that has speed but also has power to break through tackles," Scarlett said.

Scarlett is a four-star running back and is ranked as the No. 32 running back in the class of 2015.

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