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Oct.10, 2016

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Page 44 of 55 OCT. 10, 2016 45 PREP PROFILES Notre Dame's play against Duke didn't bring joy to the Irish faith- ful, but the program was still able to please one particular 2018 student- athlete that day. St. Louis Christian Brothers Col- lege High wide receiver Kamryn Babb announced just a couple of hours after the conclusion of Notre Dame's loss to the Blue Devils that he had received a scholarship offer from Brian Kelly and the Irish coach- ing staff. "They're Notre Dame," Babb said. "I'll always have good interest in them. They're a very big school with great football and academics. "The offer meant a lot especially being the program they've been, the academics, the great players they've had in the past, the great coaching staff they've had and the great players they've put in the league as well. They make a lot of their players great young men and great people. I definitely look forward to getting recruited by them and experiencing it myself." The 6-1, 175-pound Babb — who is rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 2 player in Missouri, and the No. 13 wide receiver and No. 78 overall prospect nationally by Rivals — has been talking with defensive line coach Keith Gilmore for the past several months and thought he would even- tually receive an offer from the Irish. "We've had a lot of chances to talk and not only talk about football, but school and life," Babb said of Gilm- ore. "It's been great talking to him. He's a great man, a great person. I can't wait to get up there and meet him and see him in person." Babb hasn't been to South Bend to check out all the details of the pro- gram. As of now, the academic side of Notre Dame stands out to the tal- ented wide receiver. "You don't get to play football for- ever," Babb said. "I have to get ready for life after football. And I like what they can give me for after football, to be successful in life after football." Babb wants to take his time and enjoy the process. The four-star plans to visit Notre Dame in the near future for a game or during the offseason. While he has not released a list of his favorite schools, he has an idea of who would be on it, and Notre Dame is in that group. — Corey Bodden Bru McCoy, a sophomore at tra- dition rich Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei High, has three seasons of high school football left, but has already collected an impressive list of offers. E n t e r i n g O c t o b e r, t h e 6 - 3 , 185-pound wide receiver held offers from, among others, Alabama, Or- egon, USC and Notre Dame. The Irish offer came during a visit in April, and McCoy said it stood out from the pack. "The way I got it, how personal it was — I was there on campus — made it a special one," McCoy said. "The coaches treated me great, and I got to see the campus all at the same time. It was a great day." McCoy added that he was very im- pressed with what he saw of Notre Dame during his visit. "They were just the best of the best of the best," McCoy said. "And after seeing everything brand new, they tell me, 'We're building this brand new building also.'" In June, McCoy was back in South Bend for Irish Invasion, which he said was a unique chance to show what he could do and bond with Notre Dame coaches. "Most places, you visit and never get to do anything," McCoy said. "That gave us the opportunity to do something in front of the coaches." According to McCoy, he spent a lot of time during Irish Invasion with wide receivers coach Mike Denbrock. "I talked to Coach Denbrock a lot there," McCoy said. "We talked about school and my position, and he got to coach me a lot. It was great to get coaching tips from a college coach like that. "As a coach and a guy, he's great. He's down to earth and he's great with all the players. Every player there said they love him. He comes down to your level to teach you and makes you laugh at the same time. He's a cool guy." McCoy may be young with plenty of time left to make his decision, but he said he's already thinking about the long term. "As far as a school goes, Notre Dame is going to set me up after col- lege," McCoy said. "The NFL, that might be the goal, but I have to have something to fall back on." — David McKinney Missouri Pass Catcher Picks Up An Offer From The Irish 2019 Athlete Has Early Interest In Notre Dame KAMRYN BABB ✪ ✪ ✪ ✪ Christian Brothers College H.S. St. Louis Status: Offered Class: 2018 Position: Wide Receiver Ht.: 6-1• Wt.: 175 Rivals Rankings: No. 2 prospect in Missouri, and No. 13 wide receiver and No. 78 overall player in the nation BRU MCCOY No star rating yet Mater Dei H.S. Santa Ana, Calif. Status: Offered Class: 2019 Position: Athlete Ht.: 6-3 • Wt.: 185 Rivals Rankings: Not cur- rently rated "THE OFFER MEANT A LOT ESPECIALLY BEING THE PROGRAM THEY'VE BEEN, THE ACADEMICS, THE GREAT PLAYERS THEY'VE HAD IN THE PAST, THE GREAT COACHING STAFF THEY'VE HAD AND THE GREAT PLAYERS THEY'VE PUT IN THE LEAGUE AS WELL." BABB ON NOTRE DAME "THEY WERE JUST THE BEST OF THE BEST OF THE BEST." MCCOY ON NOTRE DAME

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