Stovall impressed by Irish

Four-star athlete Melquise Stovall spent the past two days in South Bend getting acquainted with the Notre Dame football program. He has a lot to think about following that official visit.

Four-star athlete Melquise Stovall knew all about Notre Dame’s history and tradition on the football field.

He never thought about what happens on campus prior to an Irish football game.

“It was pretty crazy,” said Stovall, a 5-foot-8, 177-pounder from Lancaster, Calif. “The game was insane and there were a lot of fans there. The fans were crazy. They were already out at about 9:00 tailgating, which was insane with the game starting at 7:30. It showed a lot of support for the team.”

Stovall took a redeye flight to South Bend on Thursday after his Week 2 game. He then spent all day Friday getting to know the Irish coaches.

“I met with the whole coaching staff and sat down with coach (Mike) Denbrock and we had a good talk,” Stovall said. “He said he really wants me but he doesn’t want to force anything on me. He wants to make the best decision for myself.”

Stovall also had the opportunity to sit in on some team meetings before heading to dinner and spending the evening with his host Miles Boykin, a freshman wide receiver.

“(Boykin) took me around and showed me how things were around campus,” Stovall said. “He said he loves it there and he likes where he lives in his dorm not so much because he can get away from the football players but he can take a break from them and hang around with the regular (students) to make sure he stays social.”

Irish head coach Brian Kelly reiterated what Denbrock said.

“He said they wanted me to be open-minded and take in everything,” Stovall said. “He said the same thing coach Denbrock said and he said they love me and want me real bad. He said they want me at slot receiver and to hand the ball off to me every so often.”

Stovall believes that’s a good position to play, especially after seeing the Irish rack up over 500 yards of offense and distribute the ball to eight different wide receivers.

“The offense is great,” he said. “They spread the ball out a lot and they weren’t being stingy. They get after it. It was a great game.”

Now, Stovall will discuss the visit with his mother and brother while  he waits on the Notre Dame admissions department to review his transcript.

“I met with admissions to see how it looks for me getting in academic-wise,” he said. “It looks pretty good. They said they’ll let me know if things work out. They said they’re still worried about a few things but I made a good first impression.”

Stovall also plans to make a few more official visits. He’ll announce those schools in the near future.

The visit kept Notre Dame near the top of Stovall’s short list.

“It was pretty good,” he said. “I wouldn’t mind coming out here. We’ll see how things go once I talk it over with my mom and brother.”

Stovall also is considering Arizona, Cal, Miami, North Carolina, Oregon, Oregon State and Utah, among others.


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