With three current Cretin Derham Hall alumni on the Irish roster already, one would think Cretin Derham Hall offensive lineman Rafael Eubanks was a shoe-in for an Irish offer.
He's clearly one of the top players in the Midwest, but the Irish hadn't offered until just recently as they've been looking for offensive tackles and Eubanks is considered a guard or center prospect.
The Irish coaching staff must've felt Eubanks is simply too good to pass up because they offered him a scholarship late last week.
"I got a call on Monday morning from my dad," said Eubanks of how he found out he'd been offered by Notre Dame. "He left me a message to call coach Mattison, and that he had good news for me. I knew then that they were going to offer me."
Eubanks had told Irish Eyes a number of times that he'd like an Irish offer. We asked him how he felt when he finally had his Irish offer.
"I felt honored," Eubanks said. "To get an offer from Notre Dame, with all the tradition and respect they have, and their great academics, it was just a great honor. I now have the opportunity to be a part of that."
Eubanks said he wasn't the only one excited about the offer.
"My parents were really excited. They were hoping I'd get offered by Notre Dame. It was a great day for all of us," Eubanks said.
The Saint Paul, Minn. native now says he has the difficult task of trying to narrow down his list of schools to set up his official visits.
"I have one visit scheduled for December 3rd for Iowa," he said. "That's the only one I have set up. They just called and talked to me about maybe coming on December 10th now. I guess they have guys like Dan Doering, Jake Christensen and Tony Moeaki coming on that weekend so they wanted me to get to know them. I might change that. We haven't finalized that yet."
As for his other four visits, Eubanks says he's not sure where he might visit just yet.
"It's really hard to say right now. I've been lucky to have 15 great schools offer me and It's hard choosing which schools to visit," Eubanks said. "I'm going to have to do it. I'm just not sure which way I'm going to go with that yet."
One school likely to get a visit is Notre Dame according to Eubanks.
"I'd say there's a good chance I'll visit Notre Dame," he said. "I've had interest in Notre Dame this entire time. They've always been high on my list.
"Coach Mattison kept stressing that I know three players that are from Cretin Derham Hall that have gone to Notre Dame and had success. He knows that I can have success at Notre Dame."
For now, the star offensive lineman says he plans to take all five of his official visits before making his final decision.
"I've heard things can get kind of stressful if you wait, but I think it's an important piece to the recruiting process," said Eubanks when asked if he'd take all of his official visits. "I think I need to see every place I'm interested to make a good decision. We'll see what happens, but I plan to take all five."
Eubanks says he's also started to take in a few college games this season.
"I've been trying to make some games, but we have kind of a small practice on Saturday and I don't want to miss any practice," he said. "I went to the Wisconsin-Penn State game last weekend. It was a lot of fun. We had a nice experience.
"I plan to go to a (Minnesota) game, probably on October 23rd. I'm also thinking about going to the Iowa-Ohio State game in October. I'll have to see if I can go."
Comments: Eubanks was certainly excited about his offer from Notre Dame. But, we do believe the Irish could have a battle on their hands. Eubanks seems set to take all of his official visits. He's been offered by a number of great schools, and we think it could become quite a battle for his signature. We'll check back soon to see if he's scheduled an official visit to Notre Dame.