Canes commit marvels at Irish offer

Junior running back Amir Rasul says Irish assistant Tony Alford deems him a “homerun hitter,” and the recent Miami commitment explains why he’s so enthralled by his offer from Notre Dame.

Coral Gables (Fla.) High junior running back Amir Rasul was speechless when Notre Dame running backs Tony Alford coach delivered some news on Monday.

“I was very surprised, and I just marveled in the moment for a second,” Rasul said. “It’s just amazing they offered me. This was the one I had been waiting on.”

“(Alford) wants to get me up there for a junior day this spring and for a camp this summer, so I can see more of what they’re all about.”

Speed is the 6-foot, 202-pound running back’s specialty, having been clocked in the 40-yard dash at 4.38 seconds and the 100-meter race at 10.31 seconds.

“(Alford) called me a homerun hitter,” Rasul said. “He said I can do a little bit of everything like bursting through for big gains and catching passes as a slot wide receiver.”

Notre Dame’s religious tradition resonates strongly with Rasul, who attended Christopher Columbus, a Catholic school in Miami, as a freshman and sophomore.

“Everything,” Rasul said, when asked what he liked about Notre Dame. “Everything about it I like. You have to admit the name Notre Dame is amazing. The school of the Holy Mother offered me. I have known about the Basilica there for a long time. I want to see that as a person. It doesn’t even matter that I’m an athlete.”

Rasul said he grew up watching Notre Dame on television, and today he keeps up with the Florida prospects that end up Irish.

“I watched a lot of their games as a kid, and I watched ‘Rudy’ every day,” Rasul said. “I followed Greg Bryant and Corey Holmes, and I know Tarean Folston is up there, too.”
Rasul’s game goes beyond that of a track star on the football field, and he considers himself a well-rounded source of attack.

“I have good vision to go with my speed,” Rasul said. “I have downhill run ability, and I’m a student of the game. I can run in between in the tackles, bounce it outside and be a deep threat if I need to be.”

Rasul pledged to Miami on Sunday, but he’s still considering other programs along with Notre Dame, including the Gamecocks and Mountaineers. He plans to visit South Carolina this spring.


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