LaLota Adds A Notre Dame Offer

Anthony LaLota made his first-ever trip to Notre Dame this weekend, and picked up exactly what he was looking for.

A scholarship offer.

"I had a chance to talk to coach (Charlie) Weis, and he gave me the offer," Anthony LaLota said. The 6-foot-6, 260-pound four-star defensive end now has 22 offers. "I was very excited. It's a school I'm very interested in. They have a great business program, and a great football tradition.

"It's one of my top schools."

LaLota made the trip to Notre Dame's spring game with prep teammate Tyler Stockton, who committed to Weis and the Irish, and both of their fathers.

"I thought it was really nice," LaLota said. "I knew being a Catholic university, it would have nice architecture. The people there too, I thought they were really nice, they really support the team and they have great fans. The atmosphere there was really nice.

"I signed a bunch of autographs. It was pretty exciting."

Weis is hoping LaLota will eventually sign a letter-of-intent.

LaLota got a chance to meet his recruiting coach, Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown.

"A real nice guy," LaLota said. "I've spoken to him over the phone a few times. Then I spoke with him and (defensive line) coach (Jappy) Oliver (Saturday), and they explained the role they see me having in their defense. Depending on how much bigger I get, they see me on the weak-side or strong-side defensive end."

On Saturday, Notre Dame received verbal commitments from five-star running back Cierre Wood and Stockton. The Irish's first commitment, Jake Golic was also in attendance. A few people asked if LaLota was going to be next.

"A couple people did," he said. "Obviously a lot of people would've been very happy, the fans, the coaches, everyone on the whole campus, but I'm not ready to make a decision yet."

Twenty-one other programs breathe a sigh of relief.

LaLota said that most schools are recruiting him as a defensive end, but some programs envision him as an offensive tackle down the road.

"But that is something I'm really not interested in," he stated.

This past season was LaLota's first playing football. Before the fall, he was strictly a basketball player. In helping The Hun School go 9-0 and win a league title, LaLota had 40 tackles, 10 sacks and two forced fumbles.


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