Shembo Still Looking

Notre Dame hasn't locked down a commitment from Prince Shembo just yet, but they are getting closer. The linebacker from Ardrey Kell High School(Charlotte, N.C.) has a visit scheduled for the end of January, but Brian Kelly may be able to alter Shembo's plans.

Prince Shembo (6-foot-2, 225-pounds) had a chance to speak with Brian Kelly last week, and that conversation went well. If their next meeting goes as well, the Irish may be able to solidify Prince's commitment.

"Coach Kelly will be coming to my house January 5, so after I meet him, I'll get a better feel for him," Shembo said. "I spoke with him on the telephone. He's a nice guy. He really wants to win and he's ready to go out there and compete…and he really wants to be at Notre Dame.

"He did say he watched my film. I'll have a chance to compete for a starting position my freshman year. He didn't tell me anything in particular (about the defense), but I think we'll talk about that when he comes down here. I played outside linebacker in high school and I really enjoyed it."

"I've been talking to them a lot," Shembo explained. "I talked to coach Alford the other day. They've been communicating with my dad, so we've been staying in contact.

"I'm still waiting for (Kelly) to come down and see what he has to say, that‘s the main thing. When he comes down, we'll talk and then I'll have a good idea. I just need to talk to him in person.

Shembo has tentative plans to visit the University of Miami in late January. Shembo will keep that date unless Kelly makes a big impression on him.

"It depends on how the meeting goes," Shembo replied when asked if he would definitely take his visit to Miami.

Shembo just finished playing in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolina's. Fully healthy from an early season ankle injury, Prince was one of the top performers at the game.

"I went down there and performed well," Prince said. "It felt great. I played outside linebacker and I had six tackles with two for loss. It felt good being around a bunch of top athletes. It was fun. I was comfortable and my game was better because I was around higher caliber guys. I was able to get a good relationship with all the players, so that made everything better.

"It felt good. I felt real good to run around full speed and not having anything to worry about. I didn't have to worry about my ankle being sore or anything. I felt great."

Shembo's efforts at the Shrine game were rewarded. He was named to the Offense-Defense All American Bowl held in Myrtle Beach (S.C.) shortly after the game. Top Stories