Gateway Duo Adds Another To The Collection

Last Friday, Notre Dame head football coach Charlie Weis had a little business to take care of with a couple high-profile recruits from Gateway High in Monroeville, Pa.

Linebacker Dorian Bell and cornerback/receiver Corey Brown were summoned down to coach Terry Smith's office during their lunch hour to receive yet another scholarship offer.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Bell, a five-star prospect, has over 30 scholarship offers including the most recent one from Notre Dame.

"(Coach Weis) wanted to congratulate to me," the very quiet Bell said. "I need to take one more language or something like that if I wanted to go there. I might go down to the spring game or something like that."

Bell takes German, but needs a few more language credits to qualify for Notre Dame.

As a junior, Bell led Gateway with 131 tackles, 25 of those coming for loss including 11 sacks. He also had nine pass breakups and one interception. Those gaudy numbers came with five-star defensive end Shayne Hale on the same defensive unit.

If Bell does visit Notre Dame in the spring, he will likely be joined by Brown, who is also ranked as a top-100 player by

"I was talking to (coach Weis), and he said he would like me to play cornerback for them," Brown said. The four-star player now holds 17 scholarship offers. "He said I could be a cover guy. I'm 6-2 and all that, so that is even better. They said I could play receiver if they needed one."

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Brown had 54 tackles and five interceptions this past season. With his 4.5 speed, he also caught 23 passes for 500 yards and two touchdowns.

Irish defensive coordinator Corwin Brown has been in touch with both Bell and Brown.

"He seems like a cool guy," Brown said. "I'd like to get to know him more and stuff."

The two teammates said they are wide open with no favorites at this point in the recruiting process, and will likely decide late, hopefully at one of the all-star games, like Hale did this past year.

"The academics," Bell stated as to why he likes Notre Dame. He reports a 3.0 GPA.

"It's high," Brown said of his interest in Notre Dame, adding he's open to playing either receiver or cornerback on the next level. "I know they're a good school, well known, one of the biggest schools out there. I talked to my coach about it yesterday. He was talking about how good of school they are and all that stuff."

Brown also mentioned possibly attending Notre Dame's March junior day. He has a 2.96 GPA, and said that he is looking for early playing time and a good academic school. Top Stories