Lynch Fits the Mold

Brian Kelly and his staff like big athletic players and they've taken interest in junior defensive end Aaron Lynch from Island Coast High School (Cape Coral, Fla.) The Irish recently offered Lynch a scholarship and he'd like to take a trip to see the Notre Dame campus this spring.

With scholarship offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Florida State and a host of other big-time programs, Aaron Lynch (6-foot-6, 245-pounds) is quickly becoming one of the fastest rising prospects in the country. Notre Dame recently got into the mix and Lynch is certainly intrigued by what the Notre Dame football program can offer.

"I talked to coach Alford and the defensive line coach (Mike Elston) and they offered me" Lynch responded. "They said that they met with all of the coaches and that they said that they all gave me a thumbs-up. They said they loved the way I played, my physicality, the athleticism that I have for my size, and the way I move. They just said that they love everything about my game.

"I was kind of surprised by the offer, because I know the tradition of Notre Dame and I know that they play big-time football. It was great. It came out of the blue. I'm not sure if my coach contacted them, or they contacted my coach, but my coach told them to go on because my video was on there and everything went from there."

Although Aaron doesn't know a lot about Notre Dame, he's going to keep an open mind throughout the recruiting process.

"I haven't visited (Notre Dame) yet, so I don't know much about it," Lynch explained. "I just know that it's very traditional and it has a great education, which is what I'm looking for.

"In the spring, my coach and I are going to jump in the car and take a road trip to some of the colleges that have offered me that I'm interested in. I think we're going to hit Alabama first and then work our way in a circle, but i definitely want to get to Notre Dame.

"It wouldn't be a big deal to go out of the area," he said. "It doesn't matter if it's Florida, or Wisconsin or anything like that, location doesn't matter as long as it's the right place." Top Stories