Alloway Earns Irish Offer

May 29 -- Four-star wide receiver Damian Alloway, who had said he wanted to make a decision soon, will now wait until after he visits Notre Dame later this year...

Notre Dame’s coaching staff has visited Summit High School in Fontana, Calif., several times, including once last week to check on four-star athlete Damian Alloway.

The Irish ended Alloway’s wait for a scholarship offer on Thursday when assistant Mike Denbrock returned to the school.

“They finally pulled the trigger,” said Alloway, a 5-foot-10, 170-pounder. “Coach Denbrock came by when I was in the weight room lifting and he offered me a scholarship.”

Arizona State had offered earlier in the day but Notre Dame’s offer left Alloway smiling from ear to ear.

“That’s the most excited I’ve been over an offer in a long time probably since my first one,” he said. “This one means a lot. I couldn’t stop smiling once I got it. I’m just really enjoying myself right now.”

Alloway, who now holds 13 offers, had listed California, UCLA and Wisconsin among his early favorites. The Irish immediately moved into that short list.

“I don’t have a set list yet but if I had a top list they’re right up there with Cal, UCLA and Wisconsin,” Alloway said. “They’re up there with the bigger offers I have. I’m not going to do any committing until I do get up there on a visit and make sure I see the campus.”

That visit could take place this summer or at the latest on Oct. 17 when the Irish host rival Southern Cal.

“They talked to me about getting up there by myself unofficially or with my coach maybe,” Alloway said. “He’s going to try to set something up like that. If not I’m trying to set up an official visit probably for the SC game when USC goes up there to play Notre Dame. I told him I’d like to make that my official visit but I’m looking to try and get up there in the next couple months for sure.”

Most schools project Alloway to play receiver and the Irish are no different.

“They were telling me they see me as a slot but they also see me catching screens from the slot but also going into the backfield and getting a few handoffs per game and also returning punts and running back kicks,” Alloway said. “That sounds perfect for me.”

Notre Dame’s future depth chart also sticks out to Alloway.

“He said the opportunity is going to be there,” Alloway said. “They’re losing a few receivers this year. They’re bringing in a few this year and they’re trying to bring in a few in my class as well and they feel like I can be a big part of that. It’s all looking good right now. What they’re telling me how they want to use me is exactly what I want to hear.”

Scout.com ranks Alloway as the 36th best receiver in the country.


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