Irish Interest Broyles

Ryan Broyles of Norman High School (Okla.) was slowed by an ankle injury during his junior season, but by the time his senior season begins he will be one of the top players in the Sooner State.

Notre Dame signed one of the top recruiting classes in the nation in February, but the Irish still need to add more athleticism to the roster. The Notre Dame staff grabbed George West from Oklahoma last class and they have been keeping tabs on Ryan Broyles (6-0, 170-pounds).

"They're really high on my list," Broyles responded when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "I really like the program. Charlie Weis came back from the NFL, so I'm really liking that. I really haven't looked into anything, but I know they had a couple really good receivers out there. I know they have a good program and everything. Like I said, Charlie Weis is there and they have a good tradition.

"I haven't really gotten a chance to say anything to them, because they've just been sending me letters. I've been hearing from them a lot, but I haven't gotten any hand written letters or anything like that."

While Broyles has caught the attention of the Irish, he also is also receiving mail from across the nation.

"I've been getting a lot of mail. I've been getting mail from all over the country really. I've got an offer from Kansas, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and Mississippi State.

"I really haven't gotten a chance to narrow things down. I'm going to see what happens and the offers I get. I'm definitely going to look at every school. I want to go to a place that fits me. Whether they're winning a national championship, playing time or education-wise I want to go where I'll build as a person."

Broyles is a dynamic player that could end up at cornerback, wide receiver, or both.

"I play both ways," Broyles explained. "I like to be a leader on defense. I've started since I was a sophomore and I kind of see myself as a leader as a defensive back. I just like to get out there and be a role model and do what I have to do.

"[On offense], when the ball goes up during the play I just like to go get it. I like to be the first one there. I try to get the job done no matter what happens. Doesn't matter if it's blocking or catching."

Broyles will attend the Nike combine at College Station.

In six games Broyles had five interceptions on defense. On offense he had 19 receptions 355yards (18.7 yards per reception) and five touchdowns. Top Stories