Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis doesn't appear to judge a player by his size alone. In fact, Weis seems to love smaller players that are productive. If that is indeed the case, Male high school head coach Bobby Redman believes Doug Beaumont (5-9, 175-pounds) is a player the Irish staff should take a look at.
"If you ask me if I've got one, I've got one," coach Redman replied when asked if he had a player that Notre Dame would be interested in recruiting. "He sells himself on tape. I have yet to see a small guy do what he can do. He reminds me a lot of the (Deion) Branch kid that played for New England. I watched Branch at Louisville, and he's that kind of guy.
"This kid is special and he's a 4.0 student. This kid never comes out of a ball game. He's a tailback, he's the best hitter I've got, he's the best defensive back I've got, he's the best receiver I've got, he's the fastest kid I've got, and he catches punts and kicks. He just does it all. He's phenomenal."
"For those that get caught up in sizes, don't look at him," Redman continued. "To me, production is the most important part and this kid does it all. He never lets up. He plays the same whether we're up 50 points or down 50 points. It does just doesn't make a difference. He's played both sides of the ball since he was a freshman, and he's never come out of a game. He plays a lot larger than his body size."
Coach Redman is adamant that Beaumont will be a success in the college level. A few years ago he had a player similar in size to Beaumont go through the recruiting process unnoticed.
"I had a guy by the name of Chris Barclay," Redman recalled. "Nobody looked at him or talked to him; not Kentucky, Notre Dame, not anyone. He ended up going on academic scholarship to Wake Forrest. Things worked out for him and he ended up starting as a true freshman. He just left there as the fifth all-time leading rusher in ACC history.
"He's (Beaumont) in a small package, and sometimes, those kids get overlooked, but I know this one won't, I guarantee he won't."
With Beaumont's athletic ability he has the make-up to be a very good cornerback prospect.
"We travel all over the country playing in the seven-on-seven tournaments during the summer and I've matched him up against 6-4 receivers and he eats them alive," coach Redman said of Beaumont's ability to cover. "He's probably our best cover guy, but we play him at monster, someone else's free safety, he plays six or seven yards off the ball.
"If you know anything about football in Kentucky, week in, week out we play the best competition in the state. He goes against some good people and he performs-- he's a doer."
Although it might be tempting for people to move Beaumont to corner, coach Redman thinks he has the playmaking ability to get it done on offense.
"Probably as a wide receiver," coach Redman said when asked which position Beaumont would likely play in college. "That's probably where he's going to fit into someone's scheme best. He's got the best hands, and he makes those circus catches. His vertical leap is extraordinary. He plays like a 6-3 kid.
"Through 12 games he rushed 93 times for 1,000 yards, 23 touchdowns (10.3 average per carry). He had 44 receptions, for about 850 yards, 17.4 yards per catch, and 7 touchdowns receiving."
Other schools might overlook Beaumont, but Notre Dame isn't one of them. Beaumont recently visited Notre Dame.
"His brother told me that they went up there to look at Notre Dame," coach Redman said of Beaumont's visit to South Bend for the January 14 junior day.