June 21, 2006

Irish surging with Florida lineman

Notre Dame made a recruiting impression in South Florida last year on more than Sam Young and Dan Wenger, the pair of offensive linemen from St. Thomas Aquinas that ultimately signed with the Irish. When Charlie Weis headed to the Sunshine State he also caught the eye of Emeka Nwankwo, and now the Hollywood, Fla., standout is giving Notre Dame a serious look.


The 6-foot-3, 285-pound offensive guard said he spoke with Weis on June 12 with the Notre Dame head coach telling Nwankwo that he wanted to offer a scholarship. When Nwankwo returned home later that day, the Irish offer was in his mailbox.


"Everything has gone like I thought it would, but the offer from Notre Dame came as a surprise," Nwankwo said. "I didn't think Notre Dame was that interested in me."


Nwankwo said he's been in constant contact with the Irish coaching staff ever since, trading text messages with assistant Bernie Parmalee. With offers from Florida, Florida State, Virginia, Auburn and Georgia, Notre Dame will have top-flight competition for Nwankwo, but the recent offer has put the Irish in a favorable position.

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