Notre Dame offer could lead to official visit for USC RB commit

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

A scholarship offer from Notre Dame has Melquise Stovall considering an official visit to South Bend.

No, Stovall is not related for former Irish wide receiver Maurice Stovall. This one has ties — a verbal commitment — to USC.

Stovall reported a Notre Dame offer Thursday after a conversation with Irish associate head coach Mike Denbrock. The 5-foot-8, 180-pound recruit told ND Insider that the Irish like him as a combination running back/slot receiver and a returner on special teams.

Notre Dame already has one running back commit — Tony Jones Jr. — in the 2016 class.

Jones, who is on track to graduate early from Lancaster (Calif.) Paraclete, said he can't visit Notre Dame in the coming months because of summer school, but he plans to use an official visit to see the Irish.

As a junior, Stovall turned 198 carries into 1,603 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns. He also caught 21 passes for 415 yards and two touchdowns.

Both Rivals and 247Sports peg Stovall as a four-star recruit and the No. 2 all-purpose back in the 2016 class. 247Sports slates him No. 97 overall. Rivals ranks him 134th.

Below are Stovall's junior highlights via Hudl.

Just received an offer from the University of Notre Dame! #fightingirishpic.twitter.com/67NlZ72DhA

— Melquise Stovall (@Melstovall11) June 11, 2015//

USC running back commit Melquise Stovall reported a Notre Dame offer Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)