In December Everson Griffen (6-foot-4, 265 pounds) expected Notre Dame to be one of his top schools at this point of the recruiting process. He hasn't closed the door on the Irish but time is running out.
"Yeah, they haven't offered me though," replied Griffen when asked if the Irish staff had been recruiting him. "I don't know what I did wrong, but they're not offering me and I have other schools that are recruiting me harder than they are. If they're not going to be in the mix, then I'm not going to worry about them.
"It's not too late and they could be in the mix, but as it goes on and it gets longer and longer then I won't worry about them any more. That point is going to come very soon, near the beginning of my season.'
"I think they'll offer me eventually," Everson added.
If the Irish don't get in the game, Griffen will have plenty of options.
"Recruiting is going good. USC, UCLA, Arizona, ASU, Oregon, Oklahoma and Michigan," Griffen named as the schools that stood out to him. "I'm just letting things come to me right now. All of them are the same. Most schools are from the PAC-10, and right now the PAC-10 is looking good, so I'm might stay in the PAC-10.
"I'm going to set my official visits soon. I don't know when I'll decide… it might be a surprise."
As a junior Griffen registered 47 tackles (30 solo), including five sacks and recovered three fumbles. Offensively, he gained nearly 1,000 all-purpose yards, posting 794 yards on the ground and 168 in pass receptions with nine total touchdowns.