Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2019 NC WR Groulx Has Serious Interest In ND

May 31, 2017

It’s still relatively early in Nolan Groulx’s recruiting process, but the 2019 North Carolina wide receiver has already established a strong relationship with one Notre Dame assistant that stretches back to the coach’s previous stop.

Clark Lea started recruiting Groulx when he was still an assistant at Wake Forest and ended up extending an offer to the 5-foot-11, 187-pounder from William Amos Hough High School on behalf of the Demon Deacons. Now that Lea is in South Bend, the two have reestablished contact.

“I have a pretty good connection with Notre Dame and I hope it works out,” he said. “They were talking about how they haven’t offered a lot of kids for 2019. They’re just starting to get into the 2019 class, so hopefully it’ll all work out with me and Notre Dame.

“I think Notre Dame will definitely be one of my tops in the end if they end up pulling the trigger on me.”

Groulx already has offers from schools like South Carolina, North Carolina State, West Virginia and Wisconsin among others in addition to the Wake Forest offer.

“It’s awesome,” he said of the early attention. “It helps me get comfortable and focus on the grind, working out hard and just to know I’m getting noticed. It’s big for me to see the grind is paying off with all of the hard work. Hopefully, it works out in the end. It’s definitely big for me.

“They definitely like my route-running and also the numbers I put up last year. I had 1,800 receiving yards and 34 total touchdowns. The way I can get in and out my breaks as a receiver. They think they can use me from outside to the slot. The route-running I have combined with the speed is what I think coaches look for in my game.”

He's already made trips to Penn State, Virginia Tech and South Carolina among others.

Notre Dame is one school he’d like to get out to visit.

“Definitely their facilities,” he said of what he’d like to see. “That’s going to play a big factor and the family atmosphere, which Coach Lea was preaching to me. And the coaches, the coach I would be working with because I’ll be spending a lot of time with my receivers coach, the relationship I would have with my receivers coach and just the family tradition and the tradition Notre Dame has as a school. It would be awesome.”

He isn’t in a rush to finalize his recruitment and is closer to seeing his list grow than shrink, but a few schools have his attention already.

“It is early right now and I’m just trying to expand my options,” he said. “It’s a long process.

“In the end, I could definitely see Notre Dame being one and South Carolina as of right now and Wisconsin and NC State. As the process goes along, getting other offers would change that.”

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