The Irish have been tracking Cade Stover, who racked up 195 tackles during his sophomore season.
After posting a 10-foot broad jump, a 35-inch vertical jump, and a 4.69 40-yard dash at a recent camp, Notre Dame pulled the trigger on an offer for the 6-foot-5, 225-pound athlete from Lexington, Ohio, which is locate about an hour northeast of Columbus.
“Notre Dame, I visited down there for the Stanford game last year, I had gotten invited down there and stuff,” Stover said. “I called (coach Mike) Elston and he said they reviewed my film and my stats from the Ohio State camp and he said they wanted to extend an offer to me.”
The two-sport star has multiple sports events lined up this summer.
“I’m a big basketball player too,” Stover said. “I’m going down to West Virginia (for basketball) and as far football camps, I went to the Ohio State camp on Tuesday. I’m going down to Penn State sometime but I haven’t figured out the exact date.
“I’ll visit (Notre Dame) this summer for sure. Last time I visited, I loved it. Notre Dame is the capital of football, that’s what Notre Dame is.”
Stover’s Hudl profile lists him as a free safety/wide receiver. But on Scout, the four-star prospect is pegged as a defensive end and other services have him at outside linebacker.
He explained his current role and suggested where he will likely line up in college.
“We run a 3-3 stack defense,” Stover said. “I line up seven yards off the ball and two yards behind the linebackers, then I’m basically like the rover. I just roam the field and go get the ball, that’s what I do. I’ll be playing quarterback this year.
“As far as the college level, my dad’s a big dude. So, I could see me putting on enough weight to play defensive end and that. When I first get (to college) I’ll probably play linebacker or something like that.”
Several members of the Stover family played football in the college ranks.
“My dad played college football at Bowling Green,” Stover said. “I had an uncle who played at Ohio State and then transferred over to (Oklahoma). I have another uncle who played at (Bowling Green).”
With offers from Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kentucky, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Virginia and Virginia Tech, Stover has plenty of homework to do on his growing list.
“(Notre Dame) will be just as high as everyone else,” Stover said. “Ohio State, right now, sits on the top of my list, just because they’re very personable with me and they do a good job of recruiting me. Other than that, everybody is on the top there.”
Stover mentioned the Irish spoke to him about playing the drop end position in Mike Elko’s defense. Considering his size and skills, he projects nicely at that position, among others.