Junior lineman hearing from Irish

Top juniors continue to surface as the Notre Dame staff starts laying the groundwork for the 2008 recruiting class. Offensive lineman Nick Lepak of Auburn High School (N.Y.) has been hearing from the Irish and he'd like to hear more.

Notre Dame is establishing a presence on the East Coast and a prospect to keep an eye on for next year is Nick Lepak (6-foot-5, 330 pounds).

"I receive mail on a regular basis. I've received written letters from coach Weis," Lepak said when asked if the Irish had been in contact with him. "I actually had received invitations to go see one of their games this year, but couldn't make it."

"Coach Vaas came to my school last year, and I was able to talk to him for a couple minutes. I received a text message from him around Thanksgiving. He was just checking in to see how things were going.

"I've talked to older friends that went to Notre Dame and they told me what the campus was like and what the games were like," Mick explained. "I've heard so many great things about Notre Dame that I gained a lot of interest just from that and watching their games.

"Notre Dame is definitely on of the top places that I'd like to go to. It's what college football is all about. You can't get a bigger stage than Notre Dame and I think it would be a good fit for me."

Besides the Irish Lepak is receiving recruiting attention from Syracuse, Boston College, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Temple, Nebraska and Duke. The interest will certainly grow for this Division I prospect.

"I play right tackle and defensive tackle, but I'll probably play offensive guard in college," Lepak said. "I've seen Division I tackles up close and they're really big guys, and I think my size is more suited for guard. Tackles seem to be a little longer.

"My strengths are my footwork. I'm able to get a hold of my guy and create and seam for the running back. My pass blocking is pretty solid as well.

Until recruiting gets into full gear, Leapk will be able to enjoy a phenomenal run to a state championship.

"This past Saturday we won the Class AA title," he said. "We're the largest classification in New York. I'm still in shock that we were able to accomplish it, because we weren't even suppose to be in the playoffs to begin with. One of the teams that got seeded in front of us had an ineligible player so we got their spot. We were able to win six games in a row to become state champs. Our regular season record was 4-3."

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