Radley On Radar

Two years ago, Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis was at Crespi High in Encino, Calif., checking in on Irish verbal commit Joseph Fauria. That was also when Weis first met Lucky Radley.

Just a sophomore, Lucky Radley was making a name for himself as a two-year starter for the Celts varsity team.

"He told me I'd be hearing a lot from him," Radley said of that quick greeting with Weis.

Fast forward to the future, and Weis' words have come to fruition.

Because of a family move, Radley is now at Agoura (Calif.) High, but the Notre Dame coaching staff found him. The 5-foot-10, 185-pound athlete is getting regular mail from the Irish program, and also keeps in touch with assistant coach Brian Polian.

"I've been talking to him a lot," Radley said. He currently holds scholarship offers from Arizona and San Diego State. "I've been getting a lot of hand-written letters from them. Me and coach Polian have been going back and forth through email.

"One time, coach Polian told me to call up to the office, and I got to talk to coach Weis. He was asking me if I was coming to the spring game, and how I was doing in my classes, and to stay in touch."

Radley, who is also hearing from the likes of USC, UCLA, California, Stanford and several others, is indeed planning on attending Notre Dame's spring game. If he is able to make it to South Bend, Radley will be coming with his mother and good friends Dietrich Riley and Blake Stanton. Riley holds an Irish offer, and is a running back/safety from La Canada, Calif., and Stanton is also hearing from Notre Dame, and the receiver is one of Radley's former teammates at Crespi.

Radley does a great job of keeping in touch with a few of his former teammates, as he and Fauria also remain in regular contact.

"Me and Joseph have a great chemistry," Radley said. "I've been knowing him forever, before I got to Crespi. I love him he loves me. that's my boy."

The two definitely talk about Notre Dame, where Fauria heads into the spring as a sophomore-to-be tight end.

"He's been trying to get me to trip down there. He told me he wants me to come down. I think his exact words were, ‘when you come down here, it's going to be sick.' Me and him are really close, and he's a big influence on me coming down there. He talked me into it.

"He was kind of like my big brother at Crespi. He kind of looked out for me. He taught me a lot of stuff, and he helps me out with recruiting, and he's always honest."

Most programs are recruiting Radley as an athlete. He could play running back or safety on the next level. This past season, Radley played in just eight games, but still managed to rush for 1,032 yards, while adding another 320 yards receiving and 23 total touchdowns.

Radley didn't play much defense this past fall, but as a sophomore at Crespi, he had 101 tackles, five sacks and two interceptions from his linebacker spot.

Polian has indicated to Radley, that the Irish like him as a running back. Radley says he likes both sides of the ball, and he's definitely high on Notre Dame.

"I like the tradition, and it's great academics," he said. "I did a little research on it, checking out the school, and I like their program. They're really high on tradition. I've never visited the campus, but I've seen pictures and I like what I see. That's why I want to take a visit, because I want to check out the campus and see it with my own eyes."

Radley is turned on by a lot of college programs, and is just trying to sort everything out. He'd like to make a verbal commitment before the start of his senior season.

"Academics are number one," Radley began about what he's looking for in a school. "Tradition, I like a lot of tradition. That's why I'm interested in Notre Dame. Weather, I'm not really big on weather. If I get to play in the pros, there is going to be all types of weather, so I'm going to have to get used to that sooner or later. I like networking, just alumni, will I be able to network while I'm there?"

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