Telfort To Speak With Weis

Frankie Telfort has been through this drill several times before, where a college coach wants to offer him a scholarship, but it never gets old for the 5-foot-11, 202-pound athlete from Gulliver Preparatory in Miami, Fla.

"My coach usually calls me out of class," he said. "Coaches tell me about their program and everything, and how they came across getting to know about me and stuff like that."

On Monday, Frankie Telfort will be having relatively that same conversation with Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis, as the Irish have become the 18th program to offer a scholarship. Telfort, a top-300 player, has also been offered by the likes of USC, Florida, Florida State, LSU, Alabama, Georgia Tech, Minnesota and Stanford.

Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown has been in recent contact with Gulliver Prep head coach Ron Butler, and the two spoke twice yesterday.

"Coach Brown was real excited that Frankie was interested in the program," Butler said. "He said we want him to be a part of what we're doing up here and we're looking for real players.

"He is going to accept the offer and go up there for a visit and spend time with the coaches and see what's going on up there."

Butler contacted Telfort yesterday to let him know the latest good news.

"He was basically just saying that he wants me to call (Notre Dame) as soon as a possible," Telfort said. "I didn't get around to it yesterday because I was tired from a track meet.

"Coach Butler basically said they seen my tape and they like what they see," Telfort continued. "They see me as a all-purpose linebacker or safety, they wouldn't have to sub for me in anything. I can cover and I can hit, and they like that I have that ability."

After a breakout sophomore season at Coral Reef High, where Telfort had over 130 tackles, three interceptions and a punt return for a touchdown, he transferred to Gulliver Prep. Anxious to get started with his new team, Telfort tore a ligament in his thumb during the summer, costing him the first five games of the season.

"Oh man, it was ridiculous," Telfort said of sitting out. "I'm kind of like the person, since I love football so much, since I seen my teammates playing football, I couldn't sleep, I couldn't function, my grades started to drop a little bit, it was bad."

Telfort returned with a big cast on his hand to register 66 tackles, force four fumbles and recover two over the team's final six games.

"I can play all the linebacker positions, inside, will and strong safety," he said.

Telfort has a 3.3 GPA, reported a 40-yard dash of 4.52, a bench press of 285, and a squat of 520.

"I have big legs," Telfort stated.

Telfort said he won't be making a decision anytime soon, but that Notre Dame has quickly jumped onto his radar. Telfort plans to visit the Irish campus this summer.

"I'm glad they are showing interest," Telfort said. "I wasn't too sure if they were interested in me. I'm glad they offered and I can now consider them and the rest of the schools I could choose to go to college at.

"I know they had a kind of rough season this past season. I think I could fit into there defense real well and help them out. I know they had an exceptional team when Brady Quinn was there. Since they lost a lot of players they're in their recovery stage. They'll bounce back.

"I know the academics are good but I don't know too much about their tradition."

Telfort visited the Florida campus for the Auburn game this past season, and for a recent junior day. He also took in a game at Miami. He is hoping to see plenty of campuses in the near future.

"I think I will have to feel at home," Telfort said of his college decision, adding distance won't be a factor. "I think that the atmosphere will have to be great, and what they're proposing on defense with how clear they are about what kind of position I can play." Top Stories