Notre Dame is infringing upon USC’s recruiting territory.
On Saturday the Irish offered four-star defensive tackle Martin Andrus, a 6-foot-2, 250-pounder from Los Angeles Senior High School.
“I called coach (Keith) Gilmore and we were just talking on the phone,” Andrus said. “That’s when he told me I had an offer. I didn’t have much contact with him before that. I was just (sending him direct messages) on Twitter. We didn’t have much conversation though.”
Cal, LSU, Stanford, Oregon, USC and UCLA are among the other schools that have offered Andrus this winter.
“It’s real exciting to go through this experience,” Andrus said.
Andrus was pleased to land an offer from Notre Dame and hopes to include South Bend as one of his official visits.
“I was excited. It’s prestigious and has a lot of tradition,” he said. “I’m going to go to LSU, Notre Dame, Oregon, Arizona and probably USC and UCLA. That’s pretty much it right now.”
Andrus has already visited USC when the Trojans hosted UCLA and he returned to the campus just a few days ago for the Trojans’ junior day.
“It was fun,” he said. “We just did a tour of the football facility and the campus.”
On Saturday, he participated in The Opening Regional at Redondo Union High School in Los Angeles.
Andrus thought he performed well but knows there is room for improvement.
“It was alright,” he said. “I feel like I did OK. I feel I could have done a lot better but it was good.”
As a junior, he recorded more than 100 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 10 sacks and broke up six passes. He spent time inside and outside on the defensive line and that’s exactly the way most colleges coaches have indicated they’d use him at the next level.
“They said I could play some 3-technique and some 5-technique, mostly everywhere on the line,” Andrus said. “I’ll be moved around.”
Scout.com ranks Andrus as the 34th best prospect in the nation and the No. 3 defensive tackle.