Carrico Looking Forward to Return Trip

Notre Dame recruiting fans know Dublin Coffman High School (Ohio) as the school that produced Brady Quinn and Chinedum Ndukwe. The Irish haven't been able to grab another prospect from Dublin Coffman since, but Brian Kelly hopes that luck changes with Shamrock defensive end, Brad Carrico.

Brad Carrico (6-foot-6, 270-pounds) wasn't sure what to expect when Brian Kelly took over the Notre Dame program in December, but he sure was happy with the results. Once Kelly got his staff together, Carrico was one of the first juniors to receive a scholarship offer.

"I grew up an Ohio State fan, but since recruiting started picking up, I can't say that I'm a fan of any team other than the ones that have been recruiting me heavily," Carrico said. "Notre Dame is one of those schools. I love Notre Dame, I was one of the first guys that they offered. I went there the last weekend January for an unofficial visit and I plan to go back there for the junior day on March 20.

"I loved the first visit, and everything about the campus. The facilities are beautiful, I love the coaching staff. They said that they'd definitely want me as a defensive end to start out. Running the ‘3-‘4 with the new staff coming in, they feel like I'd be a good fit with that, with me being a bigger heavier guy. Then again, coach Kelly, coach Elston and coach Hinton said that if they think I'd be one of the better players they'd want to get me on the field, so they said that they wouldn't be opposed to switching me to offensive line either.

"I want defensive end, but I'm sure I'd like offensive line just as much. Whatever is the best fit for the school that I choose, I'll do," he said. "This past year I was strictly a defensive end, but I also played a blocking tight end in different packages. This year I'll be playing both ways, so I'll be playing offensive tackle too. I really haven't played any offensive tackle, but I'm looking forward to it. I'm just kind of taking it as another challenge that will make me a better football player."

Carrico holds scholarship offers from Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky and Purdue. Ohio State, Boston College, Wisconsin, and Michigan State are also showing considerable interest in him. A buckeye offer would certainly interest Brad, but he isn't sure they'd be a lock for his signature if they did extend him a scholarship offer.

"I do like Ohio State. I know a little more about Ohio State since they're in my backyard, but I can definitely say that Notre Dame is in front of Ohio State right now," Carrico explained. "They'd definitely be in consideration for a school that I'd go to if they offered, but just because they offered doesn't mean that they'd automatically jump out in front. I'm pretty set with Notre Dame being my top school. If I learn more about what Ohio State plans to do with positions, and stuff like that I suppose things could change, but Notre Dame will definitely be my No. 1."

One thing that won't change is when Carrico will graduate.

"I'll be an early graduate so I want to get on with the recruiting process," he said. "I don't know when I want to make my decision though. At first I wanted to get it done before my season, but with more and more schools talking to me I may want to hold off. At the same time, if there's a school the really jumps out to me, I wouldn't mind committing. If there isn't, I'll wait until after the season to make my decision. Whatever comes about, comes about. I just hope that I find the right school when the time is right. I'll definitely be graduating early, so it will definitely be before January though."


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