Weis Offers Whaley

Chris Whaley was sitting in a taxes class this afternoon when he got a message telling him to report to the Madisonville (Texas) High field house. He had two special visitors.

Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, and Irish offensive coordinator Mike Haywood were waiting for the Scout.com top-100 prospect when he got there.

"I got to shake the hand of the head coach," Chris Whaley said. "It was real good they came down from Notre Dame to offer me a scholarship."

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Whaley now reports offers from the Irish, Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Florida State and Nebraska.

Per NCAA recruiting rules, Whaley wasn't able to speak with Weis, but the two Notre Dame coaches visited with Madisonville head coach Greg Morgan for a half hour. Morgan was the one who handed Whaley his written offer.

"(Weis) was just telling us how they feel about recruiting, and going around and talking about Notre Dame football and what it means to be there," Morgan explained. "Very cordial. Very, very nice meeting."

Whaley is perhaps the best running back in the 2009 recruiting class. With his 4.45 speed in the 40-yard dash, Whaley earned first-team All-State honors this past fall by rushing for 2,119 yards and 28 touchdowns. The season before, he was second team All-State, gaining 2,130 yards and 27 touchdowns. He has started since midway through his freshman year.

Whaley is planning on attending Texas' upcoming junior day, and is in regular touch with the Longhorns' program. He told Irish Eyes yesterday that he originally saw himself staying in-state for school, but now he isn't so sure.

Whaley is interested in learning more about Notre Dame, and this offer only makes him more excited about the school in South Bend, Ind.

"I might have to make a trip out there," Whaley stated.

Today's visit was Haywood's second to the school in a month.

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