Scarlett has 'strong liking' for Notre Dame

Notre Dame four-star running back target Cameron Scarlett of Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic took an official visit to Notre Dame this weekend. He explains why he's headed back to the west coast very high on the Irish.

Notre Dame hosted four-star running back Cameron Scarlett of Portland (Ore.) Central Catholic on an official visit over the weekend. Scarlett, who has the Irish in his top five along with Stanford, UCLA, Oregon and Washington, spoke highly about his first time at Notre Dame.

"I had a really great time," Scarlett said. "I learned a lot about a place that I had heard so much about it. I was just really impressed. I fell in love with the campus. I'm really excited about where I stand with Notre Dame right now."

"Seeing a place with so much tradition, the pictures definitely don't do it justice," Scarlett added. "Being on the field before and after the game was indescribable."

Scarlett was able to observe Irish running back Tarean Folston's 100-yard, two touchdown day against the Tar Heels.

"They started slowly, but UNC is a good team from what I saw yesterday," Scarlett said. "I thought Tarean Folston played awesome. He was part of my host group and I got to hang with him a lot last night, so it was cool to see him play that well."

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound back was also able to speak with the majority of the Irish coaching staff.

"Coach Kelly, Coach Denbrock, Coach LaFleur and Coach Alford all told me they want me at Notre Dame and that they think their offense would best suit my running style," Scarlett said.

Scarlett was one of three official visitors this weekend for Notre Dame, joining linebacker Bo Wallace and running back Nicholas Brossette.

"Yeah, we bonded a lot as the official visitors," Scarlett said. "They're funny dudes. I like them a lot. We all like Notre Dame."

Next, Scarlett will take his official visit to Stanford, and UCLA will follow after that. Visits to California and Oregon are being considered as well. Washington has already received an official from Scarlett.

"I'll have some downtime after my UCLA visit, and I'll finish out my senior season and hopefully win a state championship," Scarlett said. "Then, I'll talk with my family and think long and hard about my decision and hopefully decide in December."

"It's going to be about what's best for me," Scarlett said. "When I take these visits, it's going to be about how I really feel around the players and the coaches."

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