Offensive lineman Matt Carufel is the next great lineman at Cretin Derham Hall high school.
"Coaches tell me that they like that I'm an athletic player," said Carufel when asked about his strengths on the football field. "They say I run well and I finish well.
"I get multiple blocks per play, and I'm a smart player."
The St. Paul, Minn. star has already landed his first few offers with more likely on the way.
"I have offers from Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin," said Carufel. "Notre Dame, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma, Nebraska...most of the Big 10 really. Iowa State, Kansas State, LSU, those are the main schools recruiting me."
Carufel said he's attended junior days at all the schools that have offered him, and he plans to visit a few more schools in the near future.
"I went to junior days at Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota," he said. "I wasn't able to make it to the Notre Dame junior day, but I'm going there on the 2nd of April. I'm also going to go to Miami for a couple of days on spring break.
"I'm probably going to go to a couple of camps," he said. "I'm pretty sure I know which camps I'll attend, but I don't want to say that yet."
Carufel, who has a 3.78 for his core g.p.a., says he knows what he's looking for in a school.
"Obviously academics will be very important as that is the reason you are going to college," Carufel said. "I also want to play for good coaches and a great program. You want to have fun playing for your coaches. A distant third would probably be location of the school."
When will Carufel decide?
"When I know for sure where I want to go," he said. "I do plan to take all my visits. If I know where I want to go I might just decide then, but I do plan to take as many visits as I'm allowed."
Does Carufel have any favorites at this point?
"It changes all the time," he said. "It's changed quite a bit from where I first started looking at schools. I have schools that appeal to me--I have a few that I like. But I'm not at the point to say these are my top schools."
Comments: Most Cretim Derham players tend to have a strong interest in Notre Dame. Carufel didn't say he had a strong interest in the Irish, but we do feel Notre Dame will be in the race for his signature. We don't think he has any strong favorite at this point and appears pretty wide open. We'll check back with Carufel after his unofficial visit to get his reaction to the new Irish coaching staff and Notre Dame.