Two-way lineman Darnell Ewell is working hard to reach his goal of becoming a five-star prospect.
An offer from Notre Dame on Thursday only served as more motivation for the 6-foot-3, 295-pounder from Lake Taylor High School in Norfolk, Va., to push toward that goal.
“I've been really, really focused on these camps that are coming up,” Ewell said. “There are two camps, this week and the next week after. I'm just really focused on that. My goal is to become a five-star player. To me, that means so much and for Notre Dame to give me this offer it just moves everything up to another level.”
Ewell was among the last at his school to find about his latest offer.
“My coach told me in the middle of the day,” he said. “I didn't know about it. Everyone else knew about it so it was kind of a surprise.”
He was on cloud nine the rest of the day.
“I don't know how to really explain it,” he said. “It was a really good feeling. Everything is starting to pay off.”
Ewell, who now holds over 30 scholarship offers, considers Notre Dame among his favorites but the Irish have a lot of competition for his signature.
“It may change but I'm still trying to feel everyone out,” Ewell said. “Notre Dame has always been up on the list for me. I'm just trying to get everybody a shot. Notre Dame is pretty high up on the list. It means a lot. Right now I'm at this point where I’m trying to figure out all my options. I'm just really trying to see my opportunities and feel out the coaches and the staff to see where I'll be in the future.”
Despite being ranked as a three-star guard, Ewell is being recruited primarily as a defensive tackle and he credits his coach for helping him to develop into a two-way threat.
“I've got to give it up to my coach,” he said. “He knows what he's doing. Without him I wouldn't have been where I am at, without him and my parents. He set everything up because at first I didn't want to play offense. I wasn't an offensive guy. He moved me down to offense and I got better over time. I started my freshman year on offense. He did that on purpose and now I'm starting to see it. I'll be able to play both sides and be good at it.”