Taylor Dever (6-foot-6, 295 pounds) has seen his stock spike over the last couple months. Going into October he didn't have any scholarship offers, and now that he nears the end of his high school football season he has 13. Notre Dame hasn't sent him an offer, but that may come soon.
"It's going steady," Dever said of his recruitment. "I actually talked to coach Polian last night and he gave me an update about where they are with an offer. He did show the tapes to coach Weis and I guess he liked what he saw, because from what coach Polian said recruiting is going to be picking up with the Irish and me.
"They are flying out here in two weeks to talk to me at school. We've talked about having my parents come in and sit down to visit with them as well. Then the following weekend, we've talked about getting me out there to visit Notre Dame if I'm not still playing. I guess there's a banquet that weekend.
A head coach doesn't fly around the country at this time of the year just to make small talk. If Dever doesn't have a scholarship offer by that time, it's a good bet the Notre Dame coaching staff will show up with one in hand.
"That's what I'm hoping," Dever responded when asked if he would receive an offer at that point. "I'm looking forward to hearing what Notre Dame has to offer and I think that once I get out there that Notre Dame is a place that I'd like.
"Like I said, I was thinking about getting a visit to Notre Dame the first weekend in December. I'm excited about getting out here and how things look. If we are still playing, I'm not sure how things would work. They said they have finals the next few weeks [after the banquet] and then the visit wouldn't be until mid January.
"That's fine with me. I have plenty of time to make a decision. I just want to find a program that fits me the best. For me, the most important thing is an education, and Notre Dame is obviously one of the best."
There are a number of schools that would like Dever to take a look at their program. He's not certain which schools he'll visit, but he did just make a visit to Washington.
"It was a good experience," Dever explained. "Washington has a great history and that one's of the reasons I went there. I'm not sure about my other visits, we're just going to wait and see what happens."