Denson connects with Florida back

Three-star running back Deon McIntosh says Notre Dame will make his top 10, thanks in part to the rapport established with running backs coach Autry Denson.

Notre Dame wants two running backs this cycle and is halfway there with a commitment from four-star IMG Academy athlete Tony Jones, who committed last month.

Could Notre Dame sign two from the Sunshine State come February?

Three-star running back Deon McIntosh from Cardinal Gibbons in Fort Lauderdale says Notre Dame has caught his eye early in the process.

“After spring football, I plan on coming out with a top 10,” McIntosh said. “Notre Dame will most definitely be on that list.”

Notre Dame is recruiting the 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete as a slot receiver, which is something that resonates strongly with McIntosh.

“Coach (Autry) Denson wants me to play some slot, too” McIntosh said. “I like catching a lot, so that’s something that really sounds good to me. Being in the slot would give me the opportunity to play both wide receiver and running back. Most schools like me just as a running back.”

McIntosh expects a spring visit from the Irish running backs coach.  

“It’ll be nice to meet (Denson) in person,” McIntosh said. “I know he played running back at Notre Dame and he’s a first-year guy at Notre Dame as a coach,” McIntosh said. “He used to coach in Florida, so that’s a big plus. I don’t know much about Notre Dame other than that, but I like the program.”

Another program on track to make McIntosh’s top 10 is Miami. McIntosh’s older brother, former three-star defensive end Richard McIntosh, signed with the Hurricanes in February as part of the Class of 2015.

McIntosh also has offers from Duke, Illinois, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

“Right now I am staying open to anything,” McIntosh said. “I probably won’t make my decision until late in the fall or near signing day.”

As a junior, McIntosh rushed 128 times for 843 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had 40 receptions for 366 yards and two receiving touchdowns.

McIntosh is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 6 running back in Florida and No. 55 running back overall in the Class of 2016.


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