Junior Defensive End Getting an Early Start

Notre Dame will have plenty of playing time to sell to the top defensive line prospects in the next recruiting class regardless of which recruits sign in 2007. One the top junior defensive end prospects is Daquan Bowers of Bamberg Ehrhardt High school (S.C.)

Notre Dame has done a solid job of getting after the quarterback this season, but with three of the players along the defensive front departing at the end of the season, the Irish will need to bring in some top prospects in the 2008 recruiting class. One player the Notre Dame coaches appear to be interested in is junior Daquan Bowers (6-foot-6, 245 pounds).

"I've been hearing a lot from Notre Dame," Bowers replied when asked if Notre Dame had been in touch with him. "I haven't talked to them, but I've been receiving a lot of mail from them.

"They talk a lot about their academics. When they send stuff it focuses on academics as well as football. If I went there I know I'd get my degree and that's a big part of going to college.

"I like Notre Dame right now," Bowers said. "I don't know much about them, but I know that they have high expectations of their players. I know their coaches are nice, at least that's what I've heard from players that have visited Notre Dame.

"I'm going to get out to Notre Dame as soon as I can. They're definitely in my top ten with schools like Georgia, South Carolina, Clemson, Florida, Virginia Tech, Auburn and Tennessee."

Notre Dame will need to work hard to get Bower's attention because he has already developed a strong relationship with several top programs.

"I talk to the Clemson and South Carolina coaches a lot," Bowers explained. "I'm supposed to take a trip up to Georgia on Wednesday. I'm going up to watch their practice."

"I go hard every play. Every play that I'm in I play like it's a third down and that we really need a play, so I go as hard as I can to make a play. I play my assignments.

"I see myself as a team player," Bowers said. "I like to see my teammates involved in the game as much as possible. My grades are good. I made the honor role."

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