Chase Clement (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) will be one of the top defensive line prospects in the South next season and the Irish are showing interest in him
"Notre Dame just came by school, but I had a regional track meet so I didn't get to see him," Clement responded when asked about his contact Irish. "Notre Dame has been sending the most letters. I've gotten a couple hand-written letters from coach Weis. I haven't gotten a scholarship from them, because they said that they wanted to see me before they offered.
"I'm real interested in Notre Dame. I've always been interested in them. I didn't grow up a die-hard Notre Dame fan, but I've always rooted for them. Any time they send me something I always open it. I just love Notre Dame's tradition. I'd like to take a visit out there. I definitely could see myself going to school there. I hope they invite me to take a trip there."
It is always difficult to pull athletes from the LSU Tigers, but Notre Dame will face a bigger challenge if they decide to pursue Clement.
"I had an uncle that played at LSU and my family has always been an LSU family," Clement said. "People think that I'm going to go to LSU just because my uncle played at LSU, but I'm not like that. I wouldn't mind leaving Louisiana, because I want to experience everything. It doesn't matter how close or how far a school is. I just want to find a place where I'm happy.
"I have scholarship offers from LSU, Ole Miss, Oklahoma, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Tulane, Alabama, Colorado. Louisiana Tech, Arkansas, and Purdue. I get letters from Michigan and Ohio State all the time."
Last season Clement tallied 86 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 1 interception, 13 tackles for a loss and nine sacks at middle linebacker. Chase also played running back, but when he heads to college he'll likely find himself on the defensive side of the ball.
"Most schools are recruiting me as a defensive end," Chase explained. "A lot of schools are just looking to recruit me as a big athlete. I could play defensive line, tight end, defensive end, linebacker, anywhere really. I started as a sophomore at strong defensive end, but last year I played linebacker. My senior year I'm going to move back to defensive end.
"I always thought about playing linebacker. I think my best position is linebacker. I love looking at the field and looking over the line and seeing right behind everybody. When that fullback comes through the hole I love to lay him out and then go straight for the running back.