Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2019 Ohio Athlete Performs In Front Of Irish Staff

June 27, 2017

Mershawn Rice has a handful of scholarship offers already, but the 2019 Ohio wide receiver wants more, which is why he was at Notre Dame recently working out at a camp for the Irish coaches.

“It went OK,” the 6-foot-2, 195-pounder from Reynoldsburg, Ohio said. “We did combine testing and then we separated into groups for drills and then one-on-ones.

“I think I did pretty good.”

Reynolds excelled in the testing, clocking a 4.5 40-yard dash, and during the competitive setting.

“I caught a few balls during one-on-ones,” he said. “I felt like I did pretty good.”

The Irish coaches took notice.

“They just told me to keep working and that I did a good job,” the Reynoldsburg High School standout said. “It was pretty hot, so it was definitely a challenge.”

Rice, who has offers from Kentucky, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Cincinnati and Toledo, is hoping to return to South Bend in the months to come.

“I might try to come to a game during the season,” he said.

His contact with the Irish in recent weeks mainly had to do with the logistics of the camp, but he’s hoping to really start building a relationship with the staff at Notre Dame soon.

He’s also camped at Ohio State and Pittsburgh this summer while hitting satellite camps for Syracuse and Minnesota. He’ll spend the rest of the summer working out and trying to improve his craft.

Of the schools that have offered, a few stick out.

“I like Toledo, Cincinnati and Pittsburgh a lot,” he said.

And of the ones who haven’t, there’s a couple he’s hoping will in the future.

“I’d have to say Notre Dame, OSU and that’s it for right now,” said Rice.

Finding the right fit will be huge when it’s time for Rice to make a decision.

“I would say how comfortable I am around the campus and the people I’m going to be with every day, the coaching staff.”

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