Irish are Showing Interest in Dever

Notre Dame added an offensive lineman to their recruiting class yesterday when Emeka Nwankwo picked the Irish, but they would like to add a couple more big men. Taylor Dever of Nevada Union High School (Grass Valley, Calif.) might be the hottest name in recruiting and Notre Dame is looking to get in the mix.

It took the scholarship offers a while to start rolling in for Taylor Dever (6-foot-6, 295 pounds), but he's hoping to see more land on his doorstep.

"I was starting to worry, because I really wasn't receiving a lot of attention," Dever responded when asked about his recruitment. "The only school that was showing interest over the summer was UNLV. The past couple months I didn't have any offers until Fresno State stepped up.

Fresno State got film on me. Once they saw that they called me up and offered me right away. When I talked to Pat Hill at Fresno State, he said once this gets out and guys hear about you schools are going to start calling. That's exactly what happened, coaches have just gotten a hold of my film and things have just caught fire.

"I've been working my whole life for this. Sometimes it seems surreal, but at the same time it's so real," Dever added.

Dever now has scholarship offers from Fresno State, San Diego State, UNLV, Nebraska, Boise State, Washington, Utah State, Oregon State, Miami, Washington State, Oregon, Arizona State and Sacramento State.

After not having any options until recently, Dever would be satisfied with the offers he has, but there may be a bigger prize out there.

"My head coach asked me what my dream school was and I said, ‘Notre Dame'," Dever explained. "He said that he'd get on top of that and send them film. It was about two weeks ago when I first talked to coach Polian and things have gone from there.

"Coach Weis is an upfront guy, he's not one that's' going to lead you on. He's going to be upfront and that‘s something that I totally respect in a coach. The tradition, the legacy of Notre Dame, and the heritage of the school is amazing.

"I'm trying to stay level headed," Dever said. "I grew up watching Notre Dame. It's a school that I like without ever visiting. My family is Catholic, although that's not a main concern. I'd like to get out there and meet the coaches and see what Notre Dame is all about."

It difficult to say what the coaches missed the first time around, but upon further the review all the coaches that have seen Dever's film have liked it.

"I think for my size that I'm pretty athletic," Dever said. "There are a lot of guys my size, but the majority aren't as athletic as I am. When coaches see my film, I get off the ball really well and they see my athleticism. My feet jump out at them on film.

"So far I haven't played anything other than tackle. I've been next to the guard and center my entire life so I don't think moving me to guard would be that big of a deal. If a school called me up and said that they were recruiting me as a guard I don't think that would be a big deal… I'm all for it."


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