Marrero decides on Stanford

<P>Current running back commit David Marrero has had a change of heart. He has changed his commitment from Notre Dame to Stanford. </P>

David Marrero grew up wanting to play for Notre Dame. He dreamed of playing for Notre Dame until he visited Notre Dame. "It's a comfort thing. I had to really analyze what was best for me. I grew up wanting to play for Notre Dame. My mental state was saying Notre Dame but my heart was saying Stanford."

Marrero was Notre Dame's first commitment of the 2003 class but something just didn't feel right. "When I went on my official visit it was great to see a game and the tradition but I didn't get to see a lot about Notre Dame. I left having questions. It just felt like something was missing."

Marrero said thoughts started to creep into his head as the months passed and after he was injured during his senior season. "I just kept thinking about it. I talked to Coach Willingham about it. I asked him if this was normal for me to be questioning my feelings. We talked about it and I told him that I was going to visit Stanford just to be sure. I went on an unofficial visit to Stanford. I really thought I would come back and be certain that Notre Dame was the place I wanted to be. When I went out there I just felt very positive and it felt comfortable."

Marrero then realized he had a problem. He wasn't sure what to do at that point. "I talked it over with my parents and we decided that I needed to take a look at Notre Dame again. I talked to a lot of the students and players about why they chose Notre Dame and I left Notre Dame and it was very close. I would say it was about 50/50 at that point. I met some great people while I was at Notre Dame."

Coach Willingham and Marrero talked quite a bit about the situation. "He told me that he believed that Notre Dame was the right place for me. He also told me that he only wanted players that wanted to be at Notre Dame and wanted to be a part of what they were building there. He was great through the whole thing."

David had Coach Willingham drop by his school on Tuesday and then Coach Teevins stopped by on Tuesday night. "They both came on the same day and then I wanted to take two days to think about it. It just felt like Stanford was the right place in my heart. I don't know how to explain it, I felt like something was missing when I was at Notre Dame. It was just a feeling I had when I visted Stanford."

The decommitment of Marrero leaves Notre Dame in a tight spot. The Irish have one running back commitment from Travis Thomas who would be considered a halfback. Ashley McConnell is considered a fullback prospect. Isaiah Gardner played tailback in high school and could be a possiblity for the position. Top Stories