Marquez Stevenson sees a potential contender in the latest scholarship offer.
Notre Dame joined the list Wednesday when defensive backs coach Todd Lyght reached out to Stevenson, a three-star wide receiver from Northwood High School in Shreveport, La. Lyght now serves as area recruiter. Adding the offer changes Stevenson’s recruitment.
“It’s going to impact it a lot,” he said. “I know Notre Dame is a really big deal and they have a great program.”
Arizona State, Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Miami, Mississippi State, Nebraska, SMU, TCU, Tulane and Utah are already on the offer list. Stevenson mentioned Oklahoma State, TCU and Mississippi State among those recruiting him hardest.
Lyght is trying to work his way into that group and hopes to earn a visit from the 6-foot, 175-pound prospect soon.
“He said I need to come down there soon and all that,” Stevenson said. “He just said good things about it like the education program and all that … I know they played in the national championship.”
Stevenson isn’t sure when he might get a closer look at Notre Dame but does have some other visits in the works.
Oklahoma State is slated to host on June 14 while TCU and Mississippi State will do the same over the next few weeks if all goes to plan. Talking with the coaches face-to-face about depth charts and where he could fit in is one of Stevenson’s top priorities.
“Definitely what position I’ll be playing and how I’ll stack up with the other wide receivers and stuff,” he said.
Stevenson envisions narrowing the list down after summer but right now doesn’t have a specific number in mind for that cut. Instead, he’s taking the process slow for the time being.
“I’m like wide open right now,” Stevenson said. “It’s how I bond with the coaches and stuff. I want to see how many receivers the schools got on the depth chart and the other commitments and what not.”