The Spark Is Back

It was just a miscommunication, but after talking last night, Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian and recruit Tyler Gaffney are now on the same page.

"He thought I didn't want to play any kind of fullback, just tailback, and that's what they want to recruit me as," Tyler Gaffney explained. "So they want to get back in touch with me because they saw everywhere else that that's what I'm being recruited as.

"I just let him know I was interested in doing that, and he was letting me know they were interested in me."

Gaffney visited the Notre Dame campus for a couple days back in February, but didn't hear too much from the Irish staff since leaving. In that time, the San Diego (Calif.) Cathedral Catholic standout has pulled in nine scholarship offers from the likes of USC, UCLA, Oregon, Stanford and Nebraska, who the 6-foot-1, 215-pound back dubs as his early favorites.

Looks like Gaffney will soon be adding another offer and another favorite.

"I'm supposed to call coach Polian later today, and he said he'll give me coach (Charlie) Weis' number."

That's great news to Gaffney.

"Obviously, it's Notre Dame first of all," he stated. "The whole atmosphere is a great thing there. You can't really put that aside. I kind of thought they lost interest in me, and I went on with the recruiting process, and they just popped up again. Kind of gets that spark going again."

A big junior year saw Gaffney rush for 1,550 yards and 29 touchdowns in helping lead Cathedral to the 2007 CIF-San Diego Section D-III title. He also used his 4.5 second speed in the 40-yard dash to catch 20 balls for 303 yards and five touchdowns. Those numbers were almost identical to his sophomore season, where Gaffney ran for 1,544 yards and 23 touchdowns, while hauling in 21 passes for 313 yards.

Gaffney is in no rush to make a college decision, and had a great time during his two-day stay at Notre Dame.

"I don't think I would need to see it again," he said. "It would be nice to see it again. I pretty much went around the campus five times when I was there."

One of the major things Gaffney is looking to do on the next level is play baseball as well. Every school that has offered says Gaffney, who hit .513 this past season in limited at bats, is giving him that opportunity. The outfielder is familiar with Jeff Samardzija, Evan Sharpley and Eric Maust doing that in an Irish uniform.

"I don't really know much about their baseball program, I just know they have two-sport athletes," Gaffney said. "I haven't really followed Notre Dame baseball."

Now that the spark is back, and Notre Dame and Gaffney are now following each other, it's definitely something Gaffney is going to look into. Top Stories