Jersey standouts visit Notre Dame

New Jersey teammates Kyle Dobbins and Chris Mayo visited Notre Dame on Saturday and each left with positive feelings about the Irish.

Notre Dame hosted more than two dozen prospects on Saturday for its showdown with Miami, which the Irish won 30-27.

Among the visitors were New Jersey teammates Kyle Dobbins and Chris Mayo.

Dobbins, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound junior running back from St. Augustine Prep in Richland, N.J., who holds offers from North Carolina, Northwestern, Rutgers and Temple, liked what he saw out of the Irish ball carriers.

“They have a great offense,” Dobbins said. “(The running backs) are well skilled by the coaches.”

Irish assistant coach Scott Booker has been recruiting Dobbins and running backs coach Autry Denson made sure to visit with the talented prospect during his visit to campus.

“He said nice for you to come visit,” Dobbins said. “He said we're going to talk more.”

Dobbins previously visited Rutgers and Temple but his stop at Notre Dame was special.

“Notre Dame is beautiful,” he said. “I was very impressed and I have a lot of interest in the school.”

Through eight games this year, Dobbins has carried the ball 141 times for 1,194 yards and 17 touchdowns. He has six 100-yard rushing games to his credit. He ran for 1,613 yards and 19 scores as a sophomore.

Mayo, a 6-foot-5, 305-pound sophomore tackle prospect, was equally impressed.

“The visit was amazing,” he said. “I was blown away by the game and by the crowd. It was just electrifying. The atmosphere of the whole stadium was great.”

Head coach Brian Kelly and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand took some time to talk with Mayo.

“Coach Kelly was glad I came out and coach Hiestand told me he was excited to work me out during camp season and to keep up the good work,” Mayo said.

Mayo previously visited Penn State, Temple, Rutgers, Ohio State, Princeton and Delaware State.

“ND is definitely in my top two,” he said. “Penn State is really good too. I haven't seen a crowd that crazy until I went to ND.” Top Stories