Junior linebacker gaining interest.

Lamar Dawson was one of a number of juniors that took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame for the USC game a couple weeks ago. Despite giving up 34 points to the Trojans, the linebacker from Boyle County High School (Danville, Kent.) was impressed with the Irish defense.

Notre Dame did a very good job hosting recruits for the USC game October 17. Lamar Dawson (6-foot-3, 225-pounds) was one of the juniors in attendance and he liked what he has saw from the Irish.

"It was a great game," Dawson said. I really like it. They have a great campus and football atmosphere. The fans get into the game lot. I watched (Manti) Te'o play at the game. They have a bunch of playmakers on defense. They play as one. They get to the football.

"I think they have a good program. It's on the rise and it's one of the top in the nation. They just wanted my highlight tape. I gave it to them when I went to the game."

Notre Dame has not extended Dawson a scholarship offer at this time, but the fact that they wanted him to attend the USC indicates that they have sincere interest in the linebacker.

"At the beginning of the season they were sending me letters about their program," Lamar responded when asked about his contact with the Notre Dame staff. "They keep in contact with my coaches.

"The only (offer) right now is Kentucky. I'm also hearing from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Western Kentucky."

Dawson could play several positions in college, but with his intensity and playmaking ability on defense he could become a big-time playmaker at middle linebacker.

"I'm an inside linebacker," Dawson explained. "I play tight end and a little bit of running back. I don't really care where they put me, I just want to play.

"I just go hard every play. (Coaches like) my work ethic. I just love football."

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