In order to rise back to the top of college football, the Irish must be able to successfully recruit great players from talent-rich states like Florida and Texas. Under Weis, the Irish have had some success in Florida, but much less in Texas. With the hiring of Tony Alford as the running backs coach, they hope to improve their standing in the Lone Star state. Part of Alford's resume was his ability to recruit Texas. Hopefully, that ability will pay dividends in the class of 2010. Last week Irish Eyes' Steve Wiltfong spoke to prospects from both Florida and Texas. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Eyes?
Spencer Boyd, RB/CB, 5-10, 175, Cape Coral High School, Cape Coral, FL owes his Notre Dame recruiter Bernie Parmalee a call. Parmalee isn't too upset with the Florida speedster since Boyd maintains frequent contact with Irish head coach Charlie Weis.
"I haven't called him yet," Boyd said of Parmalee. "I'm supposed to call him."
However, Boyd communicates with Weis on a regular basis.
"He e-mails me maybe twice a week with team updates on the practices and stuff like that," said Boyd. "I call every once in a while to talk to him. It's the only head coach I talk to. I've also talked to Stanford's head coach, but with Notre Dame it's different. I talk to coach Weis a lot."
Because of Weis's personal interest, Boyd's interest in Notre Dame has grown tremendously.
"It shoots up the interest level I have in them," Boyd explained. "Me and coach Weis have a really good relationship right now; probably the best I have with any of the coaches."
Boyd has never been to Notre Dame, but plans to attend the Blue-Gold game on 18 April. It will be his first trip to South Bend and his first time to meet Weis.
"I want them to show me all their facilities there and academic programs and all of that, like the weight room and stadium," Boyd said. "I also want to see if I feel comfortable when I get there and see if I can spent the next four or five years of my life there."
The Florida athlete projects at either a running back or cornerback at the collegiate level. While Notre Dame has not specifically said where they'll play him, Boyd believes that the Irish are more interested in him on the defensive side of the ball.
"I'm probably thinking they want me on the defensive side, but if it's on the offensive side, I don't mind what side of the ball they need me on as long as I get to play," he stated.
In addition to Notre Dame, Boyd currently holds scholarships from Purdue, Duke, Mississippi, Marshall and Central Florida. West Virginia, Florida and Miami are also recruiting him. He plans to take all five official visits before making his college decision.
"I know that Notre Dame has a great graduation rate, so that's something I won't have to worry about with them. If they make me feel at home and feel like family, that's going to be a big part of my decision."
The Notre Dame coaching staff is also looking to Texas to improve their talent base. High on their list is Caleb Lavey, LB, 6-3, 215, Celina High School, Celina, TX. Lavey recently spent an event-filled day at Notre Dame, watched a spring practice and came away impressed.
"It was a beautiful practice," enthused Lavey. "Just great facilities and it has an amazing tradition. I was excited to see it and I had a really good time."
When the Scout.com three-star recruit showed up on campus with his father they met with Jon Tenuta and then toured the Guglielmino Athletic Complex.
"That was incredible," Lavey said. "It was a beautiful campus."
Lavey then got an opportunity to watch a Notre Dame practice. Afterwards, he spoke one on one with Weis.
"I couldn't of been more impressed," he said. "It was a great visit. He just told me he was very interested in me and that they're trying to build a program and he thought I'd be a big part of it. I like coach Weis and he'll be the guy that will turn Notre Dame around and I'm excited to see what he can do with Notre Dame."
Lavey believes he would be a good fit with the Irish.
"I definitely liked watching the practice," he said. "It was full of intensity and I liked the way coach Tenuta coached. He knows what he's doing and he's doing a great job.
In addition to Notre Dame, Lavey currently holds scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Texas Tech and Nebraska. Those offers resulted from a junior season in which he registered 200 tackles, five sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He led his team to its third straight title contest.
These two summaries represent just a sample of the Notre Dame football recruiting information available each week on Irish Eyes.
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