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Top Midwest D-lineman ready to return

Steven Faucheux has emerged as one of the top defensive line prospects in the Midwest. He previewed his upcoming Notre Dame camp stop with Irish Illustrated.

Steven Faucheux turned into a national recruit last spring.

The 6-foot-4 ½, 269-pound strong side end's top offers include Alabama, Cincinnati, Florida, Indiana, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Maryland, Penn State, Pitt and Tennessee.

The four-star recruit told Irish Illustrated he's also been receiving interest from Clemson, Florida State, Ohio State, Michigan State, Mississippi, Minnesota, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Rutgers, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, Texas and Vanderbilt.

Faucheux has competed in a few camps in Big Ten country. Next on his agenda is Notre Dame's elite linemen camp on Saturday, June 24. He'll arrive on campus a day early to check off a few boxes, following up on a Blue-Gold Game visit last month.

"I've been to Penn State, Cincinnati and Ohio State for camps," Faucheaux said. "Notre Dame is the only other that I am planning on as of now.

"I'm looking forward to spending time with the coaches and having a chance to talk with them. I'm heading up to visit the afternoon before for that reason. I'm also looking forward to getting coached by coach (Mike) Elston to learn but also to see what his coaching style is like."

With plenty of attention rolling in from top programs across the nation, Faucheux will continue to take a methodical approach to his recruitment before narrowing things down.

"At this point I wouldn't want to name leaders," Faucheux said. "That will probably start to happen this fall once I'm able to start talking to coaches more."

There's been plenty of speculation that Faucheux could grow into a defensive tackle.

Faucheux broke down his possible position fits.

"A few schools have talked about me (playing) at a (three technique) because they say I will probably be 6-5 to 6-6 and a lean 290-300 after my freshman year," Faucheux said. "Some say they see me being versatile enough to move back and forth between a (five-technique) and a (three technique) depending upon the situation and the scheme.

"I'm okay with either of those. I know that my size will probably be a better fit for a three or a five (technique) than it will be for a seven technique but if there's a package that lines me up at a seven technique occasionally, I wouldn't mind."

Faucheux is looking for quality over quantity within his offer list. An offer from Notre Dame would be significant to the budding star.

"There are some other schools that I'm interested in getting offers from," Faucheux said. "Obviously, Notre Dame is one or I wouldn't be visiting. Besides them and the schools that have already offered there are a few others from my earlier list that I would say I have some interest in. To me, who I get offers from is more important than how many I get. I'm really trying to figure out which ones seem like they could be the best overall fit for me. I'm fortunate to already have some great options."

In the spring, Faucheux visited Notre Dame for the Blue-Gold Game with his father.

Irish defensive line coach Mike Elston got a chance to speak with the Faucheux briefly during his visit and has been in contact with his head coach throughout the spring.

With a strong visit and camp performance, an offer would come as no surprise. With a 3.71 GPA, Faucheux checks off the academics box for the Irish. Top Stories