Irish In Hunt for Elite Back

On Friday Lorenzo Booker was named National High School Player of the Year. This weekend, IrishEyes learned that the star back will be visiting Notre Dame on January 18. Here's a taste of the information available to you with a subscription to and Recruiting Pass.


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January 6, 2001

By The NewsService

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Lorenzo Booker, 5-11, 173 pound running back from Ventura (Calif.) St. Bonaventure is considered one of the top backs in the country, if not the best. talked to his cousin Curtis Richardson this weekend and learned that Notre Dame will get a visit from the nation's top running back January 18.

"Coach (Tyrone) Willingham called the school and talked to Coach (Jon) Mack (St. Bonny head coach) for about an hour this week," Richardson said. "Mack likes Willingham a lot because one of his former players went to Stanford and they took good care of him.

"I talked to one of the assistants last night and we set up a trip for the 18th. That was when we we're supposed to visit USC but we'll have to move that. To be honest, Lorenzo and I were both pretty shocked that Willingham got the job at Notre Dame but we have a lot respect for him as a coach and as a person and think he would be a great role model for Lorenzo for a lot of reasons.

"Everyone we talk to just says what a great person Willingham is. Once the dead period is over, we're looking forward to having a home visit with him to find out more about him and what kind of system he wants to have. To be honest, we don't know a lot about him because Stanford was never a school Lorenzo was looking at. I know he started off as the running backs coach at Stanford and with the Minnesota Vikings so that's always a plus."

At this point, Richardson said Lorenzo still has Washington as the top school on his list. Coach Alford (Husky RB coach) and Coach Chow (Trojan OC) have both called this week along with FSU head coach Bobby Bowden.

"Lorenzo really wants to win a National Championship," Richardson said. "That's one of the main things he's looking at right now. We've been going over depth charts and seeing how much talent each of the teams have coming back at every position. If he doesn't think the team will be able to win, it's a big knock against him.

"I think that's what is so intriguing to him about Notre Dame. Since they can recruit nationally so well, he knows the talent at Notre Dame is always going to be good and now with a good coach, they're going to be a major player for Lorenzo. When you throw a Notre Dame degree and his best friend (James Bonelli) is going there, it's a great package. We'll see what happens here, it's going to be a crazy month of January that's for sure."

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