Dantzler On Irish Wish List

Notre Dame has had a couple offensive linemen from Georgia play for them throughout the years, with the last being offensive tackle Paul Duncan. With recruiting picking up for the 2011 recruiting class, the Irish have their eye on another Georgia lineman, Watts Dantzler from Dalton High School.

Watts Dantzler (6-foot-7, 310-pounds) is one of the top offensive linemen in the South with 18 scholarship offers from the likes of Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida State, Vanderbilt, Clemson, Miami and Maryland. ..And as of recently, you can add Notre Dame to that list.

"They offered a couple weeks ago," Dantzler responded when asked about his contact with Notre Dame. "I started getting mail from Notre Dame at the start of my football season and that was when coach Weis was there. They invited me up for a game, so I came up for the USC game last year.

"When the coaching change was made I didn't get any mail for awhile. At that time, I thought that might have been the end of things with Notre Dame. Then my coach got a text from coach Elston that said I had an offer. I called him when I got home from my basketball game and he told me that they were going to offer me. It was kind of surprising, and I wasn't really expecting it, but I'm glad I got it.

Although Dantzler visited South Bend when the Irish had a different coaching staff, the memories from that trip will do enough to keep Notre Dame among his favorites.

"I had heard good things about it, and when I went up there it just blew me away," he explained. "The atmosphere at Notre Dame is just electric. I really enjoyed going up there and seeing everything. I like just about everything up there.

"About a month ago I came out with a top ten, but then that is changeable, but Notre Dame is definitely going to be near the top from here on out.

"I'm trying to commit on my birthday, November 16," he said. "Hopefully by then I'll have it narrowed down to one. Other than that I'm just trying to take it a day at a time and enjoying the recruiting process. It's been a ride, it's been kind of crazy, but it's been fun too."

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