It seems like Notre Dame and Stanford have been wrestling over recruits more and more over the past several years and especially players that are committed to one of the schools. Yesterday the Irish hosted another Stanford commitment Amir Carlisle (5-11.5, 190-pounds) during its one-day camp.
"I'm still committed," Carlisle said. "I'm still solid with Stanford, but I have been looking at other schools. I want to make sure that I'm making the right decision. I want to see as many schools as possible, so that I can get familiar with as many different styles and as many different atmospheres as possible.
"My family was taking a trip to Michigan, so my father talked to the Notre Dame staff. It was fairly close by and it was a place I wanted to see, so we made a trip to Notre Dame.
"I've gone to see Cal," he said. "Last week I was at USC, Notre Dame today. I'll visit Vanderbilt on Thursday and next week I'm going to see Alabama."
Last week was USC's Rising Stars Camp, a camp known for drawing some of the top talent from across the nation.
"The Rising Stars Camp was an awesome experience, Carlisle said. "I went down there with the mindset of competing against the best. They broke us into three groups and everyone in group-1 m was a Division I prospect. It got kind of heated with guys trying to strip balls and guys going to the ground, but personally I did really well. I thank God for giving me an opportunity to show my ability.
"They have to a few more final evaluations, but the recruiting coordinator said that I should be expecting an offer in the next couple weeks."
Like USC, the Notre Dame coaching staff needed some time to meet before they extended an offer.
"I didn't speak to the coaching staff directly because I had to go to the hospital afterward," Amir explained. "But my dad spoke with them and they said that they were going to have a recruiting meeting today and they'd get back with information about whether they are going to offer. Hopefully I'll get that offer and we'll go from there.
"I hadn't been feeling well before I got there. I have asthma and I found out I have bronchitis and a sinus infection, so that added with asthma. It wasn't a great combination.
"After I got back from the doctor I got a tour of the facilities and campus. I was really impressed with what I saw. The environment, you got a feel for the prestige and the tradition that Notre Dame has. Walking through the football offices and seeing the Heisman trophy winners and all the national championships, the history of the program is really rich. You just go the feel of the rich tradition walking through the stadium and the facilities."
Stanford Commit Camps at ND
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