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Notre Dame signed three quarterbacks in the 2010 recruiting class, but Brian Kelly is likely to add another in the 2011 recruiting class. One of the nation's top quarterback prospects is Christian LeMay out of David W Butler High School (Matthews, N.C.) and he has a scholarship offer from the Irish.

Christian LeMay (6-foot-3, 187-pounds) is Scout.com's No. 2 ranked quarterback and his 21 scholarship offers certainly lends credibility to that lofty position. LeMay didn't know that Notre Dame was interested in him until Butler head coach Mike Newsome grabbed him from an afternoon workout.

"The offer was the first I had heard from them," LeMay recalled. "I was up weightlifting and my coach told me that they wanted to talk to me, so he made a call to them. I got to talk to coach Kelly and he said that they wanted to give me an offer.

"I definitely have a high interest in Notre Dame because of the history, but also with coach Kelly being there, I think the only way they can go is up. I think the new staff that coach Kelly is bringing in will do a great job and with the recruiting classes that coach Weis brought in and the players they have, that coach Kelly is just going to add on to that."

One of the players that Kelly will have a chance to work with is cornerback Robert Blanton, who also attended Butler.

"When (Blanton) found out that they had made me an offer, he made sure that he gave me a call," LeMay said. "We had a long talk and we went in-depth about the program. It's a great program looking at it from the outside and from what he says, it's a well run program from the inside.

"He said that being far away from home for a long period of time has been the hardest thing for him. Of course that's for anybody, being away from home, from a good family atmosphere and from a small area like Matthews where everybody knows everybody. Also, Charlotte is just a great industrial area, so leaving the comforts of that, it's going to be a change for anybody. But he's loved it at Notre Dame so far, and he loves what Notre Dame has done for him.

"I've been in the south my whole entire life," he said. "But if it's time to go, it's time to go. If I feel that's where I need to be, then no matter how far it is, that's where I'll be."

Another selling point for Brian Kelly is his offense, and LeMay likes how Kelly utilizes his quarterbacks.

"I did watch a couple games that Cincinnati played last year," LeMay explained. "It's a pro-style offense with the quarterback in the shotgun almost all the time, kind of like Peyton Manning always is. They just catch and throw and the plays are based on the quarterback's decisions. It's a great quarterback system that will get you ready for the league by helping you make decisions on the go."


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