Sometimes it is easy to tell that Notre Dame is a serious player for a recruit within the first few moments of speaking with him. But it can work in reverse as well. When the Irish pursue a recruit from down South it is often times a game of simply trying to land an official visit. And that is basically where Notre Dame stands with Kiante Tripp, OT, 6-6, 250-pounds, Atlanta, Ga., (Westlake).
So which schools is Tripp most interested in at this time?
"UGA (Georgia), Florida, Alabama, and Notre Dame, that's probably it," said Tripp of his list of college choices.
There has been some debate as to which position Tripp will play in college, but it appears he is being looked at for the defensive side of the football by most schools.
"Probably defensive end," said Tripp when asked which position most schools are recruiting him for.
As for playing time, Tripp thinks he knows where he can play the earliest.
"Probably UGA, maybe Florida."
But the one school that is not recruiting Tripp for defensive end is Notre Dame.
"I don't know about Notre Dame," Tripp commented about Notre Dame. "They want me to play offensive tackle. I really don't know what their situation is."
Tripp said he has yet to set up any official visits but has begun to speak with Georgia and Florida about scheduling an official visit to each school. It did not appear to be a big factor right now however.
As for a decision time frame, Tripp was not exactly sure but it will not likely be a late decision.
"Maybe by the end of the (football) season, maybe mid season," Tripp said.
Tripp has a self-reported 3.6 GPA and scored a 1,260 when he took the new version of the SAT. He is thinking about majoring in business.
SMITTY'S TAKE - First off, Tripp is a great kid. Well spoken, honest and direct. Notre Dame is all but out of this race, however, and I doubt he ever visits South Bend. It was obvious that Tripp was really into Georgia and Florida, with Alabama and Notre Dame all but after thoughts.
Being close to home will play a factor because his family would prefer that he stay close to home for college.