Linsley Puts ND In His Top Three

Corey Linsley has stopped taking college visits for the time being, and is really putting the recruiting process on hold so he can focus on track season this spring. After he participates in the state finals this May, the 6-foot-4, 285-pound offensive lineman from Youngstown, Ohio, says Notre Dame is his first priority to go see.

On Monday, Notre Dame made Corey Linsley a major priority to them. Head coach Charlie Weis offered the Boardman High standout a scholarship, giving Linsley 21 at this juncture.

"I plan to visit Notre Dame in the middle of June, and in the summer I want to visit them again and maybe camp there," Linsley explained.

"That is my first priority. All my other top campuses I have visited. I just want to give Notre Dame the look that they deserve.

Linsley, who is also a talented discus and shot put thrower, is not looking at all of his offers anymore, narrowing the list down to a lucky few.

"My top three are Notre Dame, Ohio State and Stanford," Linsley said. "My bottom two or three are Miami (Fla.), Pittsburgh and Illinois. Those schools, I just haven't got a good look at those schools, that I feel they deserve, so I'm not a 100 percent sure about them.

"I visited for two or three hours with Illinois, and a junior day at Pitt. I've been to Ohio State a couple times and I've been to Stanford."

Linsley did not allow a sack and graded out at 90 percent for the season, helping Boardman to a 8-4 record and the second round of the state playoffs.

Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian came across a tape of Linsley's dominant play from this past season a few weeks ago, and the two have been in touch ever since.

"He told me a couple days ago he watched my game film and liked it," Linsley said. Notre Dame is recruiting him as a guard. "He had a meeting with coach Weis and they decided there, if I was interested in Notre Dame, they were going to offer me."

Linsley was interested, but didn't become so until Polian contacted him.

"Not until about a week ago did I ever really consider Notre Dame," he explained. "It was kind of just there, but after I took a really good in-depth look and processed what Notre Dame really has to offer me in my head, they became a good option for me. I'm hoping once I visit the campus it will become a better option."

Weis and Linsley talked for a few minutes.

"Coach Weis explained to me how the recruiting process goes for them, and said if I'm interested in Notre Dame, there is a scholarship offer for you," Linsley began. "I said I'm absolutely interested in Notre Dame.

"We just talked a little bit about what he's all about coaching wise, and told me what he's about recruiting wise. He said he's not one of those guys that throws out scholarship offers. He told me about what a Notre Dame football player is, and that was the major part of conversation."

Weis also told Linsley what he thought about him as a player.

"He said he loved the way I play with intensity and toughness," Linsley stated. "My quickness off the line as well."

Linsley has a 3.3 GPA. He bench presses 410 pounds, and squats 585, and said that he'd like to make his college decision in November or December, after taking a few official visits.

Linsley commented on his other two favorites.

"Ohio State, I grew up being an Ohio State fan," Linsley said. "It's kind of the premier program to go to in Ohio. If you're a legit player, you have an offer from them. Also, the attitude of the coaching staff and players there, it's really encouraging.

"Stanford, the campus is absolutely gorgeous and the coach recruiting me, D.J. Durkin, he used to coach at Notre Dame actually, he is from my high school. Everything about the coaching staff I love. They are very personable to me and they made a great impression on me. I think the program is on the rise at Stanford."

Linsley hopes the same goes for his discus and shot put numbers. Last year, he took 12th place in the state in the discus and his personal best is 156 feet, seven inches. In the shot put, Linsley was a regional qualifier, and has a career long of 57 feet, 6 inches. Top Stories