"It could," Calvin Smith said.
On Tuesday, Smith, a 6-foot-4, 270-pound defensive tackle from Hialeah (Fla.) Senior High, found out from his head coach that Notre Dame is offering him a scholarship. One of the first things Smith thought of, was his older cousin, who is a junior-to-be running back in the Irish program.
"Knowing I have somebody that's going to have my back there, and somebody that I know there, is good," Smith said.
While thinking about Notre Dame and Allen, Smith was also a little shocked.
"I hadn't really been talking to any of their coaches," he said of the Irish.
On Thursday, Smith plans to take care of that.
"I'm supposed to be calling them tomorrow morning when I get in with my coach," he said.
"I really don't know anything about Notre Dame. I've seen them play a couple times to watch my cousin play. I need to look at their roster and things like that, and see what they're about."
Smith has roughly a dozen scholarship offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Purdue, Illinois and South Carolina. He says the Seminoles stick out, but that he's evaluating all of his options. A decision will likely come in October or November.
"It's not a problem going out of state, but I don't know where I'm going yet. I'm looking forward to playing my freshman year, if not starting, at least getting some reps in. That's all I'm really looking for."
As a junior, Smith had 60 tackles, seven sacks and a 20-yard interception return for a touchdown. His teammate Corey Lemonier also has an Irish scholarship offer, and the two are expecting to see a Notre Dame coach at their school during the spring evaluation period.
By then, Smith is hoping to know more about Notre Dame, than just that his cousin plays there.