The Irish coaches have been feverishly evaluating recruits, issuing offers and making their pitches. And while Notre Dame has yet to receive a verbal commitment for the class of 2009 they have been making some very strong impressions with a number of top flight recruits. Last week Irish Eyes Steve Wiltfong spoke with two highly recruited members of next year's class. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?
Clayton Moore, QB, 6-2, 205, Louisville High School, Louisville, MS had not received any contact from Notre Dame until last week. However, that was before the Irish received the highlight tape sent out by Moore's personal quarterback coach Scott Lindsey. Once Notre Dame assistant coaches Bernie Parmalee, Ron Powlus and John Latina saw his tape, they quickly forwarded it to Charlie Weis with a recommendation that Notre Dame offer the talented Mississippi signal-caller a scholarship. Parmalee quickly got in touch with Moore.
"He told me they looked at it and said they gave it a go to offer and put it on Weis's desk" said Lindsey. "They said he's the real deal and we have to get him. I guess it's up to the big man."
Notre Dame then emphasized how serious they are about Moore by asking for his transcripts.
"What I heard from them is they want my transcripts," Moore said. "They said they want to make an offer, but they want to look at my transcripts before they offer me. They watched my highlight film and liked it and said they're going to make an offer for me if I have good enough grades."
Moore reports a 2.8 grade point average and an ACT score of 17. He is in the process of faxing his transcripts to Notre Dame.
As a junior Moore threw for over 3000 yards and 30 touchdowns. He rushed for another 850 yards and 10 more touchdowns. He led his team to a Mississippi class 3-A state championship.
Moore says it's his toughness and determination that many college coaches mention.
"When they watch the film they say I'm fearless, and I like to hear that because that's how I play," said Moore. "I play tough, rough and all business."
Moore made it clear that an offer from Notre Dame would be very exciting.
"Notre Dame, that's a really good school, a lot of tradition," said Moore. "If they offered me I'd be really happy. I'd jump up and down and tell everyone and do back-flips and I can't even flip, but I'd try."
"I know they got a real good coach in Charlie Weis. He's a magician on offense. I actually have a buddy that goes to school there…. He says it's a lot smaller than you think it is. I'd a thought it was a really big school, but it's a real small school. Not that that's bad or anything."
Moore currently holds scholarship offers from Indiana, Nebraska, Southern Mississippi, Oklahoma State, New Mexico State, Bowling Green and Tulsa. He has yet to set a timetable for committing, preferring to wait until he feels the time is right.
The Irish are also looking south for 2009 recruit Devonte Holloman. Scout.com rates Holloman, S, 6-2, 200, Independence High School, Charlotte, NC as a the number two safety in the class of 2009 and a four-star prospect. Holloman currently holds thirteen scholarship offers and is looking to narrow his list. He says that Notre Dame will make the cut.
The retirement of Bill Lewis has left Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown in charge of Holloman's recruitment. Holloman and Brown have already formed a good relationship.
"He's a pretty cool guy," said Holloman of Brown. "He really likes the school. He just got there. He makes it sound like heaven on earth. He talks about it like he wouldn't want to be anywhere else. He talks about the history of the school and the atmosphere and how they'll treat me. I know about the history, but when I hear about those things from him, I'm like I have to go see it for myself."
Because of Holloman's basketball schedule he wasn't able to make any junior days though he has seen some of the campuses not so far from home. His first visit to South Bend will probably be an official one.
Holloman recorded 50 tackles, two interceptions and two forced fumbles as a junior. In addition to Notre Dame, he currently holds offers from LSU, Michigan, North Carolina, North Carolina State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Stanford, Texas A&M, Oklahoma and Florida.
These two summaries represent just a sample of the Notre Dame football recruiting information available each week on Irish Eyes.
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