Phelps Excited About ND

Brandon Phelps is the type of athlete that could play on either side of the football at the next level. The prospect from Damascus High School (Mary.) has been receiving a lot of recruiting attention and he appears to be one of Notre Dame's top targets at cornerback.

Brandon Phelps (6-foot-1, 175-pounds) had been receiving recruiting material from Notre Dame for awhile but it wasn't until a couple weeks ago that he knew the Irish were serious about recruiting him.

"I never got a chance to actually talk to one of the coaches," Phelps said. "Then I spoke with coach Molnar a couple times and they offered. I think the second time I talked to him he kind of hinted that an offer would be coming and it did.

"Growing up I kind of looked up to Notre Dame. One of my sister's friends went there and he'd get me hats and t-shirts, so I was fond of Notre Dame growing up. Now that they've offered me, it's pretty cool. It brings back childhood memories."

The Notre Dame staff has invited Phelps to campus, but scheduling conflicts have prevented that from happening. Eventually Brandon does intend on taking a visit to South Bend.

"I know they have a great football program and that they have great academics," Phelps explained. "It's one of the top educational schools in the country. I know they have great tradition down there. I just can't wait to get down there. I'm really excited about it. Just knowing that I could be part of that makes me feel good.

"I'd like to get out there and meet the coaches and get to know them better. Maybe meet some of the players, the academic people, and the trainers. I just want to get a better relationship with everyone. The better relationship you have with everyone, the more you're going to like the school and the more you'll know about the school.

Phelps scholarship offer just nudged past 20, as Alabama and UCLA recently extended him scholarships. In addition to getting out and seeing Notre Dame, Brandon hopes to make it to a number of other colleges before making a decision.

"Over the summer I'm going to try to make visits to a lot of schools like LSU, Ohio State, Alabama, Penn State, Virginia Tech, Illinois, Michigan, Maryland, West Virginia, Iowa, Pittsburgh and UCLA," he said."After that I'd like to narrow down my list and then make my decision before my senior season." Top Stories