A handful of elite prospects in the 2017 class nabbed offers from Notre Dame on National Signing Day, including Stephen Carr.
“Honestly, it was a great offer to receive,” Carr said. “I was kind of waiting for Notre Dame to offer, so it was great that they finally did.”
Carr is ranked as the No. 2 running back in the Class of 2017 and has been committed to USC since last spring. Last month, he decided to “open up” his recruitment while maintaining his status as a Trojans commit.
“I’m open to all schools right now,” Carr said. “Mainly I’m hearing from Miami, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Washington State, Washington and Arizona.”
The 6-foot, 198-pound prospect of Fontana (Calif.) Summit began developing a relationship with Irish assistant Mike Sanford last fall. Summit is the same prep program that produced four-star receiver Damian Alloway, who signed with UCLA earlier this month.
“I’ve been talking to (Sanford) for a while now,” Carr said. “As you know, Notre Dame was recruiting Alloway, so he’s been out this way a few times. He’s a great recruiter and really connects with you, which is important for a good coach.”
Carr plans to give Notre Dame an in-person look in the near future.
“I know it’s a great football program, and Damian says the facilities are amazing,” Carr said. “He says the staff and facilities are one-of-a-kind up there.”
Carr will place heavy emphasis on coaching staff in his evaluation of schools.
“I want a coaching staff that can connect with the players because if they can’t do that, they won’t be successful as coaches,” Carr said. “Education is very important, and so is having good networking.”
Carr is ranked as the 23rd overall prospect in 2017.
“When the ball is in my hands, that’s when I’m at my peak,” Carr said. “I can block well, too. I can dip my shoulder and run at you or juke you and run by you.”