Irish California Dreamin'

The recruiting news continues to be positive. According to the foremost West Coast recruiting analyst, Notre Dame has a real shot at receiver Rhema McKnight and huge lineman Fred Matua. IrishEyes has the report.

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January 29, 2002

Irish Close With
McKnight, Matua

By The IrishEyes.Com News Service

NOTRE DAME, IN (IE) – According to the foremost expert on West Coast recruiting – Greg Biggins of – Notre Dame may be making a serious late run at two of California’s top prospects.

Wide receiver Rhema McKnight, according to Biggins, has cancelled all at-home visits this week after being impressed by his weekend visit to Notre Dame.

Fred Matua, a 6-2, 277-pound defensive tackle, seemed set on Oklahoma a week ago. But a weekend in South Bend apparently turned his head also.

"I was kind of getting tired of this whole recruiting process, I was thinking (before last weekend) of just making my decision" Matua told Biggins. "The trip to Notre Dame put an end to that. Now I don’t know what I’m going to do."

Biggins is a member of stable of recruiting analysts. IrishEyes is part of TheInsiders network.

Monday, Notre Dame was ranked No. 18 in’s poll of top recruiting classes to date. If the Irish were to sign McKnight and Matua, they would clearly vault into the top 10.

"A combination signing of McKnight and Maurice Stovall would be incredible," said Chris Pool of Pool Recruiting and

Stovall, an outstanding receiver prospect from Pennsylvania, gave his verbal to Notre Dame on Monday. It has been reported today that McKnight also has verbally committed, but Biggins says that is not true.

McKnight had 62 receptions for 1,188 yards and 15 touchdowns this season. Biggins admires his body control and ability to make defenders miss in the open field.

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