Irish and French Make a Connection

The Notre Dame coaching staff continues to target tall, athletic players for defense, especially at outside linebacker. Christian French from John F. Kennedy High School (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is one of the latest juniors to receive a scholarship offer from the Irish, and he was in South Bend for the Notre Dame junior day on Saturday.

Notre Dame has been in contact with Christian French (6-foot-6, 216-pounds) for a little over a month, but it wasn't until a week ago that he received his scholarship offer from the Irish.

"I first spoke with Notre Dame about a month and a half ago," French recalled. "They offered me last Monday, and they told me to come down to junior day. So we went down there and it was amazing. After everything got over, we went up to coach Kelly's office and he handed me the written offer.

"It was my first trip to Notre Dame. People say a lot about Notre Dame, that it's a life changing experience and the campus is overwhelming. I didn't know that until I got there, and it was. The overall campus was amazing and the stuff that they had to talk about and offer was great. Everything about it was real good.

"I'm very interested in Notre Dame, because Notre Dame is a great school academically and with coach Kelly coming to Notre Dame he'll build the football program back to where it's used to being."

"It's not the last step, it's more like the first step in communication," he said. "I feel that I'll go back down there and get a more personal, one-on-one experience with the coaches and players and see how everything works out. This is the first connections of many more connections.

French's size may be what has attracted the Notre Dame coaches, as the Irish appear to be targeting a number of tall, athletic players for the defensive side of the ball.

"They want me to play linebacker," he said. "I want to play offense, but I'll have to see, because I don't know yet. The position that I'm going to play next year, is the position they want me to play in their defense. I'll be playing receiver as well.

"I don't have a problem playing defense, which is why I want to take this next year to figure out which position is going to fit me best. I don't have any problem playing defense, because I love tackling people. I'm fast, and I love chasing people, so it wouldn't be a big thing for me, because I'm an athlete. You can put me in just about any position and I can play. That's where it stands now… I'm open."

French is not only open to which position he'll play at the next level, but also which school that he'll play for. At this point he has scholarship offers from Iowa State, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. French is also receiving considerable interest from USC, Texas A&M, Nebraska, and Kansas State.

"I'm not leaning to any one place," French explained. "I'm taking the recruiting process for what it is. I'm making checklists and examining the ins and outs of all the programs and seeing how I like them. I'm trying to slow things down. I'm going to try to see as many places as I can, and find the place that I eventually want to go to school. Right now I'm just going to take my time and make the right decision." Top Stories