Alloway moves up Irish board
Notre Dame is no stranger to Summit High School in Fontana, Calif.
The Irish hosted four-star wide receiver Erik Brown last recruiting cycle and assistant coach Bob Elliott returned to the school earlier this week to check on another top pass catcher.
“He came out and was just talking about how they’re interested and they’re really going to recruit me hard,” said Damian Alloway, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete. “He said he’s going to come back soon and they’re going to keep in touch.”
Alloway had previously talked with Elliott and couple other Irish coaches via Twitter.
“They just said they watched my film and they are going to be recruiting me hard and got my contact info and said we'll be in touch soon,” he said.
Alloway is well versed in Notre Dame’s academic reputation and he’s heard plenty about the school from Brown, who used his official visit in October 2013.
“I know about the academic part, of course,” Alloway said. “Erik went up there on a visit and he was just telling me the vibe up there is real good. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Notre Dame.”
Cal, Colorado, Duke, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State have already extended scholarship offers and Alloway has heard from USC, LSU and Texas A&M, among others.
A couple of the local schools stand out to Alloway early in the process, but he isn’t locked into staying local.
“Of course, USC and UCLA stick out because they’re my home state,” he said. “Talking to other schools, I’m getting to know the coaches at Texas A&M and LSU a little bit. I’m not too shy about leaving the state so I’m definitely looking into schools like that.”
Alloway has already visited USC and UCLA for games and he’ll be at USC’s junior day. He also expects to make a return trip to Westwood as he kicks off a spring visit tour.
“I’m probably going to go back up to UCLA and I’ve got to talk to my parents about some of the out of state schools they want to see,” he said. “I play for Ground Zero, the 7-on-7 team, and we have some tournaments coming up so I’ve got a big off-season coming up.”
Most schools have recruited Alloway as an athlete. As a junior he caught 32 passes for 635 yards and 10 touchdowns and rushed for 642 yards on 54 carries with another eight scores. He also accounted for 632 return yards with four scores to go with 33 tackles, three interceptions and four pass break ups.
“They’re saying athlete, offense or defense, wherever I fit best when I get up there,” Alloway said. “Coach Elliott was talking about athlete. It will most likely be receiver. I feel like I’m a better offensive player when I get the ball in my hands. I’m more of a slot receiver.”
Alloway also runs track at Summit.