Not The Hated Rival In the Lavey Household

Caleb Lavey and his father finally had to sit down and have the talk.

His father was the equipment manager for the Michigan football team while he attended school in Ann Arbor, and he recently told his son what colleges were okay for him to consider, and what one might not be so okay.

"He told me he's fine with me going to Notre Dame, or any of Michigan's rivals," Caleb Lavey laughed. "He's a little hesitant about Michigan State."

Obviously a joke.

What's not a joke, is Lavey's play.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker from Celina (Texas) High, has already earned six scholarship offers, including his latest one from Charlie Weis and Notre Dame on Monday morning.

"Well, I talked to coach Weis this morning and he told me he's excited about me, and he offered me a scholarship to Notre Dame," Lavey said. He has also been offered by Texas A&M, Texas Tech, TCU, Arkansas and Oklahoma State. "I'm really excited about it, and I'm hoping to take a visit down there this spring.

"Coach Weis just asked me if I have any interest in Notre Dame, which of course I do, Notre Dame is a prestigious school and academically it's tough to beat, and he presented his offer."

Notre Dame has been sending Lavey letters for quite some time, and over the past couple weeks, he's been getting to know Irish assistant coach Tony Alford.

"He's real nice, and we've been talking a little bit lately about everything, and getting to know each other, and he's a great guy, I really respect him."

Opposing offenses have to respect Lavey.

This past season, Lavey had 200 tackles, 5 sacks, three caused fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He has helped lead Celina to three-straight state title games as their leading tackler, winning one. Notre Dame coaches hope to see Lavey playing middle linebacker for them in the future.

"They said I have a nose for the ball," Lavey said. "They think I have good leadership, and they really like the way I play, and they think I can bring something to Notre Dame football."

Lavey has no favorites early in the process, and would like to be verbally committed before the start of his senior season.

"I'm just looking at my options, taking it slow, and enjoying the recruiting process," Lavey began. "Once I start visiting some of the places, I'll be able to narrow it down. Notre Dame, I'm really excited about this offer. They have a lot to offer me academically, and with their football program.

"Location wise, I don't have a preference of where I'm going to be going to school right now. My parents will come watch me wherever I go."

Lavey's father grew up in Michigan, and he and his two brothers and parents used to travel up to Ann Arbor for a game every year. Now with all the extra curricular activities, the family hasn't made the trip in a few years.

"I've watched Michigan and Notre Dame play before," Lavey said. "Notre Dame, their fans have a lot of passion for the game. They have a great football program and I could see myself anywhere right now."

Lavey's father agrees, but he also likes the thought of the Maize and Blue.

"I know my Dad would love for me to get an offer from them, but it's just whatever right now. I'm sure if I got an offer from Michigan, we'd go visit pretty quickly. He loves it up there."

While Dad might not be able to love East Lansing, sounds like he could also learn to love South Bend. Top Stories