Weis Sets Off West Scranton

West Scranton (Pa.) High head football coach Mike DeAntona sent his standout lineman Eric Shrive a text message on Monday night saying, Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis will be visiting the school on Tuesday.

DeAntona's text was just the tip of the iceberg. After Weis' visit, a buzz went off in town, translating into many buzzes of Eric Shrive's phone.

"My phone hasn't stopped ringing all day," he told Irish Eyes Tuesday night. Weis hand delivered Shrive's Notre Dame scholarship offer. "People in the community calling and asking, ‘is it true is it true?' It got the whole town fired up."

It got Shrive, a scout.com top-100 player in the class of 2009, fired up also.

"It was exciting," Shrive said. "It got me fired up that he is thinking about me even before signing day 2008."

Shrive now has seven scholarship offers, with the other full rides coming from North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Illinois, Miami, Rutgers and Syracuse.

Schools are mostly recruiting the 6-foot-7 ¼, 295-pound (recently measured) Shrive on the offensive side of the ball, but some programs like him on defense. As a defensive tackle, Shrive had 73 solos, 61 assists, 11 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, five pass deflects, two fumble recoveries and 21 quarterback hurries this fall.

Weis, and assistant coach John Latina, who also made the trip on Tuesday, told DeAntona they're recruiting Shrive to play right tackle.

"He plays both," DeAntona said. "Freshman and sophomore seasons, he played left tackle. During the preseason of last year, preparing for first game opponent, they were putting their best defensive linemen to our right, so we decided to match up Eric against him. We try to put Eric against the opponent's best defensive lineman each week."

Shrive has said before that he doesn't care what side of the ball he plays on in college, and that he is just looking for the best fit. He'll see Notre Dame for the first time when he attends junior day on Feb. 24.

Though he didn't get a chance to talk to Weis because of NCAA rules, Shrive did see him.

"I saw him when I was walking to class," Shrive said. "He was walking down the hallway but I didn't even go up to him. I knew I couldn't talk to him. He met with my coach and some of the coaches."

DeAntona worked as the middle man, taking the written offer from Weis and handing it over to Shrive. Shrive received his verbal offer from Notre Dame when Latina came by the school last week.

"I was very impressed with coach Weis and coach Latina, though I have been able to converse with coach Latina quite frequently," DeAntona said.

"(Weis) just wanted to talk to me about Eric, and talk about what kind of kid he is and what type of character he has and get to know what we do inside our program, just familiarize himself with our program.

"He has been successful everywhere he's been at. Not only as a football coach, but developing young men."

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