Irish Showing Interest In Dayne Crist

Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) will be one of the top teams on the West Coast in 2007 and their quarterback Dayne Crist will be a big reason why. Crist is a big-time player and all the top programs in the country are taking a look at him.

Dayne Crist (6-foot-4.5, 224 pounds) is well aware of the quarterback situation at Notre Dame. Crist is friends with Jimmy Clausen, but that won't deter him from taking a serious look at the Irish.

"Obviously Jimmy [Clausen] was the No. 1 recruit in the country last year and he's a great quarterback, but no matter where I go it will be competitive," Crist responded when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "I think I'm going to look more at the school and then as I narrow things down, I'll look at the quarterback situation and other things like that.

"You definitely have to look at [depth]. You try to put that off as much as you can, but in the back of your mind that's always kind of there. That's definitely something you have to look at carefully and you have to sit down and find the situation that's best for you.

"At quarterback, it's a situation where you only have one guy playing at a time," Crist explained. "It's tough competition. It's not like you're playing defensive back where you have four or five guys on the field at the same time. It's real tricky. You have to find out what the best situation is for you and kind of get on it and be very aggressive and active about it."

UCLA, USC, Stanford, Oregon, LSU, Cal, Boston College, Florida State, and Nebraska are already tracking Crist, but the Irish certainly are in the mix for Dayne's signature.

"At this point I'm still very interested in Notre Dame," Crist said. "They started sending me mail my sophomore year and I've been getting letters and stuff since then. I know they were at school a couple weeks ago when we had a track meet. I saw them but I didn't have a chance to talk.

"It has such a great tradition, that's the first thing I think of when I think of Notre Dame. It's a great program, and it's been strong for years. The coaches are great. Academically it's got great prestige. It's the total package."

Dayne is the total package as well. He mixes his size and mobility to exploit defenses. In seven games last season, Christ completed 63 of 119 passes for 1,250 yards and 17 touchdowns.

"I think I can make plays with my arm and I can make plays with my feet," Crist explained. "I'm a competitor. I'm going to do whatever it takes to win. I'm a perfectionist, so I'm going to work as hard as I can until I get it right. I think I can make all the throws, and I can move. I think my mobility is underrated, so overall I think I have a pretty solid game.

"I think I'm actually blessed, because at my school we're balanced in just about everything. We run the Utah spread offense. We go under center, we run the option, and we run the zone read-off…we do it all. I've gotten my feet wet with a bunch of different offenses and different schemes, so in that sense I think I'm pretty acclimated to just about every system out there."

Dayne has already made a visit to UCLA for a junior day, and he will be attending junior days at both USC and Stanford in the coming weeks.


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