"It's Notre Dame!"

Monday was another good day for Khairi Fortt, as the four-star linebacker and Scout.com top-100 recruit from Stamford (Conn.) High, picked up his 11th scholarship offer.

This time, Khairi Fortt found himself on the phone with Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis.

"It was great," the 6-foot-3, 222-pound Fortt stated.

"I talked to Charlie Weis a little bit, and he was just saying, he first asked how I was doing and everything, and told me a little bit about himself, and then he said him and the coaches evaluated my tape and evaluated my personality and me the person, and he said so Khairi, I have to ask you one question. If I extend an offer out to you, would you be interested? I was like yeah, of course, it's Notre Dame!

"He said he was going to sign it tonight, and it will be out in three days. I was real excited."

Fortt also already holds scholarship offers from the likes of Ohio State, Miami, Boston College, Connecticut, Rutgers, Maryland, North Carolina and Syracuse. Early in the process, Fortt is claiming no favorites.

"I can't," he said. "My parents, they want me to take everything all in, and evaluate all my schools, and get information on everyone, and then start narrowing it down."

There are some schools Fortt doesn't know much about, but he is very familiar with the Irish.

"I know they have great tradition. It's a young team and they're coming up. They have great academics, and I know they're known globally and nationwide. They have a great alumni base, and I could set myself up there for the next 40 years of my life."

This past season, Fortt had 118 tackles and two interceptions, with one he ran back for a touchdown. Fortt also added five rushing touchdowns, coming in mostly on goal-line situations. His versatility had Weis asking him where he would like to play on the next level.

"They know my size, but they were asking me if I want to play as an inside guy, or come off the edge like the guy (James) Harrison from the Steelers, or if I like to cover slot receivers like Mark Herzlich from Boston College. I basically told them, I like to run around a lot, and be around the ball, so kind of an outside guy. I have no problem playing middle, but I like to use my speed."

Fortt recently visited Boston College and Rutgers for junior days. This weekend, he will take a trip to Maryland, and also has dates set to see Virginia and Connecticut. This spring, he is looking to visit Duke, North Carolina and Notre Dame.

"I was talking to Charlie Weis about it," Fortt said. "I was telling him I'd come up soon, but he said to wait for spring ball so it can get warmer. He said it'd be nicer and that I could come down in the spring and meet some of the players, and see how the practice goes and meet some coaches."

And have another good day.

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