Corley Interested in the Irish

If Notre Dame is going to improve their defense, the Irish are going to have to sign players like defensive end Sidell Corley of McGill-Toolen Catholic high school (Mobile, Ala.) Corley will be one of the top players in Alabama as well as one of the best in the Southeast.

The Southeast has a reputation of producing some of the best defensive lineman in the country annually. The problem for Notre Dame is that they haven't had much success luring them north. Sidell Corley will be one of the best next season and he is already showing a great deal of interest in Notre Dame.

"Coach Charlie Weis came from the NFL," Corley replied when asked why he was interested in attending Notre Dame. "The history and the spirit of Notre Dame. I like the academics and it's a Catholic school.

"I know Notre Dame had a really good recruiting class. When I was in San Antonio a lot of the guys were going to Notre Dame.

Coach Weis certainly has improved Notre Dame's image on the offensive side of the ball, but Corley will play on the defensive line.

"I feel I can go to Notre Dame and help change the system on defense and have them known for their defense," Corley responded when asked his impression of the Irish defense.

Notre Dame knows about Corley's abilities. They have been heavily recruiting him, but the competition for Corley's signature will intense.

"I haven't had a chance to talk to Notre Dame," Corley said. "I've been getting a lot of letters from them. They gave me an invitation for their junior day, but I haven't had a chance to go up there.

"Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Memphis and Louisville," Corley said when asked which schools had offered him a scholarship. "I think Florida is about to. They're in my top four so I have to be excited about that offer. As of now, my top four are pretty even with Notre Dame, Florida, Alabama and Auburn.

An offer by Florida would definitely be exciting for Corley. He's already visited Gainesville for a game day weekend and he came away impressed.

"The atmosphere," Corley said when asked what he like about his unofficial visit to Florida this past fall. "The student body is real crazy. There's something about the Swamp that makes you like Florida. I was more of a Florida State fan, but that visit made me have a change of heart.


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