Stokes Catches Up With Latina

The first time Notre Dame assistant coach John Latina came by Northeast High in Philadelphia, Pa., receiver Je'Ron Stokes didn't get a chance to meet him. So the four-star, Scout.com top-100 class of 2009 recruit made sure to peek his head in and say hello when Latina was speaking with his head coach.

"I stopped in and said hello," Je'Ron Stokes said.

"They didn't offer yet. He said they wanted to review my tape again, and after the 2008 recruiting class is wrapped up, they'll be back in touch."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound Stokes and Latina are in regular touch through email. Before Stokes headed off to class, Latina gave him a quick message, and also left with his transcripts.

"He told me they are still very high on me, and that they really want me in their program."

So do a bunch of other schools. Stokes has been offered by Iowa, Illinois, Pittsburgh, UCLA and North Carolina State. Stanford, Florida, Ohio State and Penn State join the Irish in expressing a lot of interest.

This past fall, Stokes caught 27 passes for a school record 650 yards (24.1 avg.) and seven touchdowns, in a run-happy offense. He had one game where he had a 177 receiving yards, another program record. Those numbers would've been better, but Stokes missed three games with an injury.

Stokes and his 4.38 speed in the 40-yard dash, also rushed for over 300 yards and had 48 tackles and two interceptions from his safety position.

Down in San Antonio, Texas on Jan. 5 for the U.S. Army National Combine, Stokes was one of three receivers named to the all-combine team by Scout.com. He was unable to be covered during the one-on-one drills.

A state qualifier in the 110-meter high hurdles as a sophomore, Stokes was also a member of Northeast's national qualifier 4X200 relay team. He hopes to make it to Notre Dame's junior day on Feb. 24, where the Irish basketball team will host Syracuse.

"I'm not really sure right now," Stokes said. "Coming from San Antonio, our funds are a little low right now. If I don't go to junior day, I'm definitely going to try and do some spring visits. Notre Dame would be one of those."

Stokes has a 3.2 GPA, and has already scored a 1400 on his SAT.


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