Womble Has Early Interest in Irish

If Notre Dame is going to reserve a spot for a top prospect next season, Jamal Womble from Buena High School (Sierra Vista, Ariz.) is probably going to get my initial vote. Womble has good size and a speed. He is tough to bring down and he can catch the ball out of the backfield. He also has a lot of interest in Notre Dame.

Notre Dame is doing a very good job of identifying their recruiting target for the 2008 recruiting class. Jamal Womble (5-10, 206 pounds) will likely be one of those guys, but the Irish didn't have to go out and find him, because Jamal came to them.

"I sent a sophomore highlight tape to them this summer," Womble responded when asked how Notre Dame had heard of him. "They were one of the first schools to write me. I haven't talked to the coaches and I'm not texting the coaches, but coach Ianello does send me emails with recaps of their games and stuff like that.

"I do get a lot of mail from them, and I was invited to all of their games [last fall]. I like them. It seems just from watching their games that they have a good program and they have a good football tradition. Charlie Weis is the only coach I know there and I know he's a winner. My dad loves Notre Dame. I think he's just liked some of the football teams in the past.

"I'm from North Carolina originally," Jamal said. "My dad is a Sergeant Major in the military. I've only been in Arizona since August of 2005. I spent my freshmen in high school in Germany and then came here. This is the farthest west that I've ever been, before that it was Georgia."

Jamal had plans to take the Irish staff up on their invitation to visit last fall, but unfortunately those plans fell through.

"I had actually scheduled to make a trip out to one of the games, but I had to cancel hat because of some family matters," he explained. "I plan to go to their one-day camp, but I haven't spoken to them directly yet.

"I think I'll also go to a one-day camp at Arizona, Florida State, Clemson, and UCLA."

Womble hasn't received a scholarship offer yet, but that will likely change. The standout running back is receiving mail from a number of top programs.

"I'm hearing from about 30 to 40 schools right now," Jamal said. "The main ones are Oregon, Clemson, Arizona, UCLA, Georgia Tech, Colorado, Florida State, North Carolina, and Notre Dame.

"I'm totally wide open to all the schools out there. I couldn't even list ten that I'm looking at. I want to go to a school that has a strong history. I want to make sure the program is heading in the right direction. I want to make sure the coaching staff is stable.

I don't want ten running backs on the depth chart, because I'd like the chance to play early. Location won't be a factor. I also want a strong academic school, of course."

Womble did participate at the U.S. Army National Combine in San Antonio. He made a big impression on Scout Recruiting Analysts, and was named to the all-combine team.

As a sophomore Womble had 114 carries for 760 eight touchdowns. He added five receptions for 120 yards.

Last season as a junior he carried the ball 170 times for 1230 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Jamal reported a 3.1 core g.p.a. He will take the SAT January 27.

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