Great Week For Shrive

Walking to class this afternoon, West Scranton (Pa.) High offensive tackle Eric Shrive passed by Notre Dame offensive line coach John Latina. The two acknowledged each other, but couldn't talk, so Latina had to deliver the message to head coach Mike DeAntona.

"They met with my coach today, and they told him I have a verbal offer depending on my SAT," Eric Shrive said.

What a week for the 6-foot-7, 282-pound Shrive, who was offered by Miami yesterday. The four-star prospect and Scout.com top-100 player now has seven scholarship offers, also receiving ones from North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Rutgers and Syracuse.

Shrive knew Latina was going to come by the school at some point today, he just wasn't sure what that all entailed. Instead of wondering if he was offered, "I just focused on my school work." Shrive is schedule to take the SAT in March, and has an 87 percent grade point average.

"It's great," Shrive stated. "They have a great tradition. They just have everything. They have the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation. The last couple years they've been high in recruiting. They have great things coming. I just can't wait to get out there and see more things about Notre Dame.

Shrive will see Notre Dame's campus for the first time on Feb. 24, when he comes out for junior day. He is coming with his folks. The Irish basketball team hosts Syracuse that day.

Shrive doesn't expect to make a college decision until after his senior season, when he can start taking his official visits.

"All the schools that offered me so far, they're all going to be in the mix," he said. "I'm wide open."

The town of Scranton on the other hand, is not.

"You have to understand in Scranton, everyone is either a Notre Dame fan, or a Penn State fan," Shrive explained. "A lot of my family are Notre Dame fans, so they're excited for me. But they don't want me to just go there because it's Notre Dame. If I go there, they want me to go there because it's the best place for me and I'm going to fit in there the best."

Teams are recruiting Shrive on both sides of the ball. In helping West Scranton to a 12-2 record and a spot in the state quarterfinals, the defensive tackle had 73 solos, 61 assists, 11 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, five pass deflects, two fumble recoveries and 21 quarterback hurries.

Also a punishing blocker on the offensive line, Shrive doesn't care which side of the ball he plays on in college. He is just looking for the best fit personally.


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