Male high school has produced a number of top Division one players, and head coach Booby Redman believes Doug Beaumont (5-9, 175 pounds) could be as good as any of them. It is obvious that the Notre Dame staff agrees, because Doug was one of a select group of players that attended Notre Dame's January 14 junior day.
"It went pretty well. It was really nice," Beaumont said of his trip to Notre Dame. "I got to talk to all the coaches. I talked to coach Rick Minter and coach Rob Ianello. I got to look all around the campus, and see the facilities and everything.
"I do have interest in them. It's somewhat close to home so I can get back and people can watch me on TV and their academics are good too.
Beaumont likes the idea of playing in Weis' wide open offense and he enjoyed hearing the Irish coach compare him to one of the most productive receivers Weis had when he coach with the New England Patriots.
I know coach Weis doesn't care about size, because he talked about one of his top players (at New England) was Deion Branch. I know that if I can play that's what he looks for. They (Notre Dame) play the best, so I will be able to play against top competition and I'll get a chance to show that I can play.
"I see that because when the ball comes, I'll catch it." Beaumont responded when asked if he saw the similarities with Branch. "I'm a big-time player when it comes down needing a big play, so I do feel that I'm like him.
Due to Beaumont's size there are questions as to the position he'd play in college, but he'd like to get an opportunity to make plays on offense.
"Probably offense," Beaumont replied when asked what position he wanted to play in College. "I see myself as more of a receiver. If I got to college and offense didn't work out, I would consider defense. I can play cornerback real well. I can predict what the quarterback is doing, so I could work at that in college and be able to play it.