Alyes Will Take His Time

Even though Notre Dame landed a commitment from tight end Kyle Rudolph this week, don't expect the Irish to ease their recruiting efforts on Blake Ayles. The standout from Lutheran High School (Orange, Calif.) is one of the best tight ends in the country and he's still very interested in the Irish.

If a school lands one top tight end, you would expect them to move on to other positions. That isn't likely to happen with a Charlie Weis team that depends heavily on the tight end to make the offense move.

After the 2007 season, Notre Dame will only have three tight ends on the roster, so despite receiving a commitment from Kyle Rudolph this week, Notre Dame is still going to recruit Blake Ayles (6-foot-4, 235 pounds). Luckily for the Irish Ayles is eager to compete.

"I'm not worried about the depth chart," Ayles responded when asked about competing for playing time. "Coach Weis seems pretty fair. He's going to play the guys that work the hardest and the guys that perform. I'm a competitor and I always want to compete. So, that's not something I'm worried about."

Another thing Ayles doesn't have to worry about is recruiting attention. He receives piles of mail every day from across the country.

"I've been getting a lot of mail lately," Ayles said. "I'm probably up to twenty offers right now. I've gotten offers from pretty much everyone that I wanted. My main schools are probably ASU, UCLA, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Cal, USC, and Michigan.

"I went to USC's junior day last week, because my friend Khaled Holmes wanted to go and I'm good friends with him. We went to middle school together and we've been friends ever since.

"We were talking that we wanted to take an official visit to Notre Dame together next season," Alyes said. "We thought we'd both go up there with our families and see what the campus was like.

"I really want to get to each campus, spend a day with all the coaches and see how I fit in. All the programs that I'm looking at are great, so I want to see if I'll fit in with the coaches, the campus and everything."

"I'm going to take all of my trips and then I'll sit down with my parents will break it all down and see what school fits me the best and just go from there." Top Stories