Off The Back Burner

With Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis offering Blake Lueders a scholarship on Friday, the 6-foot-5, 245-pound standout from Zionsville (Ind.) High, says he has all the offers he wants.

Blake Lueders just wasn't sure if he was ever going to get that Irish offer.

"I knew they were interested, but I felt like if they were going to offer, they would've offered me already," Lueders said. "It caught me off guard. I was real happy. That was kind of the last offer I was waiting for."

Lueders also holds offers from places like North Carolina, Virginia, Stanford, Boston College, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Indiana and Purdue. These programs see him playing everywhere from defensive end to linebacker to fullback.

Weis agrees.

"He just said I was a real big athlete, and he liked the way I played football," Lueders said. "I asked him what position they were recruiting me as, and he said that depends on how much I grow. He said he could see me as a defensive end or inside linebacker, and that he could also see me as a goal-line fullback."

Lueders played fullback as a freshman and sophomore at Zionsville, but moved to middle linebacker this past fall. He racked up 128 tackles, with nine of those coming for loss including three sacks.

Besides talking to Weis, Lueders also talked to his recruiter, Irish assistant coach Bernie Parmalee. He plans on keeping in touch with Parmalee a lot more, now that Notre Dame has offered.

"I kind of put them on the back burner," Lueders said. "I wasn't seriously considering them without an offer. I didn't have time to consider schools that hadn't offered. Now I can seriously consider them.

"It's a great academic school. They have a great football tradition. I've always kind of grown up rooting for them."

Lueders has been to several Notre Dame games in the past. He visited back in January for the Irish's junior day. He expects to take in a spring practice when his basketball season is over.

Lueders has taken visits to the campuses of almost every program that has offered him. He'd like to make a college decision before the summer.

"I haven't really narrowed it down yet," Lueders said. Top Stories