Ohio linebacker Cade Stover is hoping he doesn’t have the time to visit Notre Dame anytime soon, not because he hasn’t enjoyed the campus but because his high school basketball team just made the state tournament.
The 6-foot-5, 225-pound outside linebacker has been dominant in the low post for Lexington High School (Mansfield, Ohio) by averaging 19.5 points and 14 rebound per game. However, as busy as he’s been on the hardwood, he did find the time to update his recruitment recently.
Ohio State is recruiting the in-state star hard and they’ve got a compelling message, but the 4-star prospect puts Notre Dame as high on his list as anybody.
“Ohio State is telling me about how I fit in,” Stover told Matt Freeman of IrishSportsDaily.com. “I could be a great fit there, but I could be a great fit at another school too. I’m keeping my options open to find the best fit for me.
“Notre Dame has a similar message. They are telling me about the fit. Notre Dame is different than every other program in the country.
“It’s a very small school compared to how big the football program is, but also how much the program will love you back if you put all your effort into it.”
Stover guarantees that Notre Dame will receive one of his five official visits, and that gives the Irish a great chance to show him the game-day experience and reel in an elite prospect. The 247Sports composite rankings list Stover as the No. 124 overall player in the nation, the No. 8 outside linebacker and the No. 4 player in the state of Ohio.
Oklahoma, Texas, Georgia and Michigan are also coming after Stover hard, with the latter three offering him the chance to play tight end if he chooses once he arrives on campus. However, it appears Notre Dame is in the thick of things at the moment.