Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete athlete Melquise Stovall de-committed from USC earlier this month and Notre Dame has since jumped in the mix as an option for the four-star. The Irish coaching staff has made him a priority.
“I talk with (Mike Denbrock) at least twice a week,” Stovall said. “He talks to me about my season and their season and just lets me know that they want me to come for a visit.”
Notre Dame could receive a visit from one of its top running back prospects as early as the season opener.
“I know that I’m taking a visit there soon, and I will release my visits and dates within the next couple of weeks,” Stovall said. “But, yeah, I wouldn’t say it’s finalized but the Texas game.”
Stovall mentioned a variety of aspects about Notre Dame that has him interested in learning more.
“I like the coaches, the tradition, and they have a good team,” Stovall said. “I know that I would have a chance to come in there and compete.”
The Pac-12 makes up the majority of programs the 5-foot-8, 180-pound athlete will consider moving forward in his recruitment.
Stovall says he decided to open up his recruitment to explore programs that would let him compete at both running back and slot wide receiver.
“I want a chance to play all over the field and not just at running back, which is what USC wanted,” Stovall said. “I want to play slot wide receiver too. I want an offense that passes the ball a lot and somewhere with good coaches and good academics.”
Stovall plans to announce a commitment at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January.
Stovall is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 22 athlete in the Class of 2016.