Notre Dame football recruiting: Isaac picks USC, Irish focus on other backs
12:00 pm, May 15, 2012
Late Tuesday morning, Joliet (Ill.) Catholic Academy running back Ty Isaac announced that he will play his college football at USC, picking the Trojans over Notre Dame and Michigan.
And while Isaac is one of the bigger running back names in the 2013 recruiting cycle, not to mention that he plays in what could be considered ND’s backyard, he isn’t the only running back with whom the Irish staff is involved.
Two names to keep in mind in terms of mutual interest, according to 247Sports.com national recruiting writer Steve Wiltfong, are Ryan Green of St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic and David Williams, who plays at Imhotep Institute Charter School in Philadelphia.
“Ty Isaac was a back near the top of Notre Dame’s board, but I think the Irish coaching staff realized early that they weren’t near the top of his list like they are with Ryan Green, where they’re running even at the top with Florida State,” Wiltfong said. “David Williams from Philadelphia has Notre Dame in his lead group right now.”
Another name to include in the watch list would be Corey Clement of Glassboro, N.J. Wiltong sees the 5-foot-11, 205-pound Clement as a Jonas Gray-type back.
“Notre Dame’s certainly in his lead group,” Wiltfong said. “He’s definitely got some interest in Notre Dame and talks about visiting.”
Yet another name to keep an eye on is Tarean Folston of Cocoa, Fla. Irish assistant coach Tony Alford recently checked in on the 5-10, 185-pounder.
The 5-10, 185-pound Green has visited Notre Dame twice — last season for the Air Force game and again this spring. The 6-foot, 188-pound Williams has made trips to Penn State but not South Bend.
“As we know, kids that are being recruited by Notre Dame, when they visit they generally know right away if that’s the place for them, no matter how many times they’ve been somewhere else,” Wiltfong said.
“David Williams certainly has genuine interest in the Irish, and once they get him on campus, Notre Dame has a chance to make it interesting.”
Daly helps camp in Vegas
Notre Dame signee Scott Daly spent last weekend in Las Vegas helping long-snapping mentor Chris Rubio at the National Kicking and Snapping Spring Event on UNLV’s campus.
Daly made the trip from his home in Downers Grove, Ill., for the two-day camp on Saturday and Sunday. Rather than competing in the event, Daly took on the role of instructor.
“Being out there and being able to instruct as opposed to compete was a little different, but it was a great experience,” Daly said. “I love it every single time I get to go out there and help Chris Rubio and the other guys. It was just a phenomenal weekend.”
Daly was part of a teaching unit that included players with experience in the NFL and NCAA.
“It was a little more relaxed, yet it was still very instructional,” Daly said. “I still got a lot out of it. I kept on getting better and better. That's what I strive for every day there.”
Butler competes in NFTC
Cornerback commit Devin Butler traveled to Baltimore on Saturday for the Nike Football Training Camp.
Butler competed with the region’s top college prospects and said he thought he fared pretty well.
“I rolled my ankle early in the drills, but taped it up and fought through it. I still think overall I did pretty good,”
Butler said. “Probably about a B+.”
Notre Dame target Alex Anzalone also took part in the camp and impressed Butler. Butler said he’s working on recruiting the 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker from Wyomissing, Pa. to Notre Dame. Anzalone had been committed to Ohio State but recently decommitted.
“Alex and I have been chatting for a little while. It was nice to get to see him,” Butler said. “That guy’s a freak right there. He weighs about 230 pounds but runs like he's 190.”