Nearing 65 offers, junior offensive lineman Parker Boudreaux of Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore will be a major priority for top programs during the coming recruiting cycle.
On Wednesday, Irish head coach Brian Kelly and recruiting coordinator Tony Alford delivered a strong message to the four-star guard while visiting his school.
“They told me that I was a perfect fit for Notre Dame,” Boudreaux said. “They said I’m their top guy in this class, and they really want me to come visit this spring. Coach Alford said they will roll out the red carpet for me.”
Wednesday also marked the first introductions between Kelly and Boudreaux.
“It means a lot for coach Kelly to come out to my school,” Boudreaux said. “My school is like a mini Notre Dame because it’s private and Catholic. It’s crazy, so many people wanted to meet coach Kelly when they found out he was coming. All the teachers wanted to meet him.”
The 6-foot-4 ½, 284-pound lineman said Alford reaches out to him daily via Twitter.
“I hear from coach Alford every day, and I talk with [offensive line] coach (Harry) Hiestand on the phone once a week,” Boudreaux said. “Another thing coach Alford told me yesterday, and he always tells me this, is that Notre Dame doesn’t want me. They need me.”
Boudreaux has yet to trim his offer list, but he plans to do so in the future. Two programs he knows will make the cut.
“I will probably get it down to 10 or 15 sometime this spring,” Boudreaux said. “Clemson and Notre Dame will hopefully get visits soon. I’d like to see their spring practices.”
Boudreaux’s relationship with the Notre Dame staff has solidified Notre Dame as a top contender moving forward.
“Their coaches really show me a lot of love,” Boudreaux said. “A degree there is something very important to them, and it’s a top tier football program.”
Boudreaux is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 9 offensive guard in the class of 2016.