The Irish ended the 2007 season with just 19 sacks on the year and are hoping to add some pass rushers who can get to the quarterback in this 2008 recruiting class. A new name has recently surfaced in Gainsville, Ga. defensive end Keith Wells.
"They didn't offer me yet, they told me they'd offer me if I came up on an official visit," said Wells of his recent conversations with the Irish coaching staff. "I think I'm going to do that either this weekend or next weekend. I'm not really sure which weekend yet."
Wells had said earlier this week he was down to Ohio State and Tennessee, but it sounds like the Irish have a chance to jump into the race.
"It was just those two, but I've always been interested in Notre Dame. If I like my visit, they'll definitely be under consideration. I like the academics up there. I just have to see how I like the school and everything."
"Yeah, I think so," the four-star prospect said when asked if he was certain he'd visit Notre Dame. "I'm interested and I want to check it out."
The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Wells won't be alone on his visit to South Bend.
"I think my mom will be coming with me," he explained. "She wants to see Notre Dame as well."
"I think either later tonight or tomorrow," Wells said when asked when he'd have the Notre Dame trip planned. "We're working on that now."
The Irish are coming in very late on Scout.com's 16th-ranked defensive end, but that shouldn't hurt Notre Dame's chances according to Wells.
"No I don't think so. I've been interested in them all along," he said when asked about the late start being a problem. "I want to go see what they have to offer."
Wells Up For an Irish Visit
IrishIllustrated.com Top Stories
Handful of HopefulsCornerbacks coach Todd Lyght has a quintet of former starters at his disposal. Inexperienced former starters, that is.
Video: Lea on the Rover PositionLinebacker's coach Clark Lea breaks down the new rover position on the Irish defense.
Irish the latest for Georgia pass rusherRichard Jibunor switched positions last weekend at The Opening Atlanta in hopes of showing off his skill set. Mission accomplished. Notre Dame swooped in with a scholarship offer…
Tranquill Embarks On Rover RoleThings can get dicey for Tranquill in space. Near the line of scrimmage, he is a battering ram with the ability to rush the passer and disrupt offenses at the snap.
Irish Lose Sharpshooter For 2018Notre Dame sophomore forward Matt Ryan has been granted a release to transfer.