Matt Cashore / IrishIllustrated.com

Notre Dame on top for McIntosh

Notre Dame surged with Florida running back Deon McIntosh, who recaps his official visit.

Three-star running back Deon McIntosh saw Notre Dame for the first time last weekend. The standout from Cardinal Gibbons in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., liked the view.

“I got there Saturday morning with my parents, and we checked in to the hotel and then went and ate with the other recruits,” McIntosh said. “Then I got to see some of campus. (Notre Dame recruiting assistant) Keenan (Bailey) showed me around and told me what Notre Dame could offer me. He went to my high school.”

McIntosh took in Notre Dame’s 41-31 win over USC on Saturday night.

“The pregame stuff was really cool to see, and the game was intense.,” McIntosh said. “The students were really into it. It was definitely a good atmosphere and a good time. One thing I really watched was the backfield. I want to run routes, too.”

On Sunday, the 5-foot-11, 170-pound running back spent time with the coaching staff.

“(Autry Denson) told me that I could be big part of their offense,” McIntosh said. “He talked to me about what Notre Dame can do for me outside of football. They have a lot of connections everywhere. He used to coach in Florida and told me that Notre Dame has a lot of Florida players and that was big. I hung out with Dex (Williams) after the game on Saturday.”

McIntosh now considers Notre Dame a co-leader in his recruitment along with West Virginia. The Mountaineers were alone in occupying his top spot before last weekend.

“I like my relationship with the coaches and how they will use me in their offense,” McIntosh said. “It’s a great school, I feel pretty comfortable there, and they talked to me about how quickly I can get on the field.

“Don’t be surprised if I end up committing to Notre Dame.”

McIntosh has no future trips planned, but other schools remain in the mix to land visits, including Louisville, Miami, Tennessee and Wisconsin.


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