Notre Dame will bring in one of the top offensive line classes in the country this year, but great programs do that every year. The Notre Dame staff has already tabbed Kris O'Dowd (6-4, 290-pound) as one of the players they will target for the 2007 recruiting class.
"He's the total package for a lineman," Salpointe head coach Dennis Bene said of O'Dowd. "He's got great balance, he's very strong and athletic -- he can slam-dunk a basketball. He has great feet. He finishes blocks. He's just a tremendous player. He plays tackle for us, but I suspect that he will be a guard or center in college."
"He's extremely solid," coach Bene said of O'Dowd's physical make-up. "You don't want a floppy 300-pounder. He's really fit. Everyone has been impressed when they've seen him because he's so well put together. He holds his weight really well. He looks like he's 310 pounds, but he comes in at 290 pounds."
"He has size, he has agility, he has athleticism, he has a football demeanor on the field," Bene continued. "Yet off the field he has a great personality. He's a gentleman. The kids gravitate to him. He's a natural leader. He'll be a big time college football player.
"He's very, very competitive, which is what I like. He's a very physical lineman. He buries guys and finishes his blocks. Sometimes you get big guys that don't like to do that on the field, but he has a very aggressive demeanor on the field. He has the mental attributes along with the physical ones that make him the best college prospect to come through here.
Coach Bene has had several Division I prospects work their way through his program, including former Notre Dame offensive lineman John Kadous.
"I think Kris is the most talented player to come through this high school, without question," Bene added.
"John's a talent." coach Bene said of Kadous. "John kind of put this high school on the national map as far as recruiting. We have recruiters in an out of here all day and that all started because of John. Since then we've place a lot of kids in college. "
With that type of talent, a player doesn't go unnoticed for very long – and the Irish staff has already made their way to Tucson.
"They have been on campus and they seen him, so they are very interested in him," coach Bene said of Notre Dame's interest in O'Dowd. "He's a national recruit. I think his top schools are USC, Texas, Ohio State, Michigan and Arizona. He's been offered by Michigan State, and Ohio State."
"I think being a West coast kid that USC and their success is very alluring," Bene said of O'Dowd's interest in the Trojans. "He's visited and gone to those Midwest schools and their camps. And with Arizona being in our back yard it would be nice for me to send a kid there or to Notre Dame. All the PAC-10 schools have shown a lot of interest."
O'Dowd also has a reported 3.25 g.p.a.