Maurice Stovall a Domer?

Notre Dame fans have been waiting a long time for a difference maker the likes of Tim Brown and the "Rocket". Maurice Stovall may be the chosen one.

Maurice Stovall, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound wide receiver from Philadelphia (Archbishop Carroll) is among the nations elite prospects.

Stovall has been named to several All-America teams and more than 30 schools have offered a scholarship.

Stovall has narrowed his choices to Virginia and Notre Dame and he'll announce his decision at a Friday (Feb. 1) press conference.

Sources close to the situation are reporting that Stovall has already verbally committed to Notre Dame and that the press conference on Friday will be for answering questions.

We caught up with Archbishop Carroll head coach, Dan Bielli and he shed some light on the situation.

"First, I want to say that Maurice is the most exciting player I've ever coached." Bielli said. "He's arguably the best player ever at Radnor.

Maurice is now 6-foot-6 and I've timed him at 4.36 in the forty-yard dash. This year he intercepted 11 passes and ran four of those back for touchdowns. He also ran four punts back for touchdowns."

What is it about Stovall that makes him an elite prospect?

"Obviously his size and there aren't very many players with his size that have 4.3 speed." Bielli said. "Maurice can still make cuts and make people miss. He times the ball extremely well in the air and his practice habits are incredible."

His teammates love him. Maurice doesn't big time anyone and that's probably why everyone in the school loves him.

We're a running team and Maurice didn't get the ball probably as much as he would have liked but he never complained. Maurice is just a great person and he comes from a great family."

Coach Bielli talks about the recruitment of his prized recruit.

"It's down to Virginia and Notre Dame. A press conference is being held on Friday (Feb.1). If a decision has been made, I don't know about it.

Maurice's father is handling recruiting matters. I talk to Mr. Stovall at least once a day and he keeps me in the loop.

The Virginia guys (coaches) are great people but if I had to pick right now, I'd say that Maurice is going to Notre Dame. That's just the feeling I have."

If Stovall does announce for Notre Dame, he'd be the most prolific receiver to hit South Bend since Tim Brown. Maurice is a difference maker type prospect that would see immediate playing time.


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