Gouveia Will Try CB For ND

Jeron Gouveia came to Notre Dame's junior day a safety and left with the idea of playing cornerback. The Irish roster is stocked with safeties, eight to be exact, so there isn't much of a need at the position in the 2008 recruiting class. Notre Dame defensive backs coach Bill Lewis told the Ashburn, Va. product he'd like to see Gouveia come to Notre Dame's summer camp and work out as a cornerback.

Consider it done.

Jeron Gouveia, who doesn't have any offers yet, but is in heavy contact with Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Notre Dame, will make his second trip to South Bend in June, trying to show the Irish coaches he has what it takes to play cornerback for them and earn a scholarship offer.

"They said they like how I play, and they want to include me on their defense," the 6-foot-2, 185-pound Gouveia said. His Stone Bridge High teammate is lineman Andrew Nuss, a 2007 Notre Dame signee. "The only spot I would have an offer for is cornerback because they have so many safeties.

"I thought it was pretty interesting. I never played cornerback. I don't think it would be that different, just cover the wide receiver. I'm just not used to it. I'm sure if I got used to it, I would be more comfortable with it. I think I am more the safety type so I can come up and hit somebody, not be the whole cover guy. I'll see how it works out at their camp, and if that is what it takes to play a at big school, I'll go for it."

Really, if that's what it takes to play at Notre Dame. There is not too many other schools Gouveia would consider playing cornerback for.

"Yeah probably just because Notre Dame is such a big school," Gouveia said. "To have the opportunity to play for them would be pretty cool, just the opportunity to go out and play defense for Notre Dame wherever, I'd take it."

Especially after his first ever visit to the campus.

Gouveia and his mother flew into Chicago on Sunday morning, where his older sister and husband lives, and drove a rental car into campus.

"The first thing I saw was the big Golden Dome thing, that was pretty cool to see that because that is the first thing everyone sees," Gouveia said. "We drove around to the stadium, parked there, and that's where we walked up to the (Guglielmino Athletics Complex).

"It was really cool. The coaches were nice. We got to talk to some of the players and they were cool. The facilities were real nice, I was impressed with everything.

Gouveia didn‘t stop there.

"I thought the chapel was really cool. I'm Catholic and the church they have is really nice. The paintings in the church, I thought that was really nice to look at.

"The indoor practice facility was real nice. It was so big and the turf was nice. I really liked their weight room. The facilities they had, I was real impressed with them."

Gouveia and his 4.7 40-yard dash speed has been impressive on the football field the last two seasons, being named all-state. As a sophomore, he registered 95 tackles, caused three fumbles and picked off four passes. This past season, he made 65 tackles and had three interceptions, and was named the district and area Defensive Player of the Year.


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