Florida prep OL Parker Boudreaux sets Notre Dame visit
Parker Boudreaux considers himself pretty in touch with the Notre Dame football news cycle.
He knows the makeup of the Irish offensive line and even heard head coach Brian Kelly call it the deepest offensive line unit he’s coached after Saturday’s Blue-Gold Game.
But the news of offensive line recruit Liam Eichenberg’s commitment to Notre Dame on Sunday caught Boudreaux off guard.
“I honestly thought he was going to Ohio State because everybody thought he was,” Boudreaux said. “That was pretty crazy.”
The allure of joining Eichenberg and offensive tackle Tommy Kraemer in offensive line coach Harry Hiestand’s 2016 recruiting class is real for Boudreaux.
“Coach Hiestand said he’s really working on me and maybe one other dude from Wisconsin (Ben Bredeson),” Boudreaux said. “They really want me. That would be a crazy class to be a part of.”
The 6-foot-4, 294-pound Boudreaux will get his first look at Notre Dame in June. He’s booked a trip to South Bend for June 10-11 with his family.
Boudreaux, a junior at Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore, put the Irish in his Top 10 earlier this month without having visited campus. Notre Dame was helped greatly by its reputation at his school.
“Bishop Moore is like a miniature Notre Dame with the Catholic part of it,” Boudreaux said. “It has good academics. It obviously has good tradition. People love Notre Dame at my school. That’s where everybody wants to go.”
Notre Dame and Iowa are the only two schools in Boudreaux’s top 10 that he has yet to visit. The other eight schools — Georgia Southern, Clemson, Penn State, Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss and Florida — have all hosted the four-star prospect at least once.
Making the list is an accomplishment in itself. Boudreaux reported offers from more than 70 schools before whittling his list of favorites to 10. After seeing so many schools and researching them, Boudreaux said making the list wasn’t as hard as he thought it would be.
Part of Boudreaux’s ability to pick up offers came with his openness to any school wanting to talk with him. He has built a very active Twitter profile with more than 24,000 followers. That puts him in the same online neighborhood as Notre Dame star linebacker Jaylon Smith.
Boudreaux also boasts a nickname of “P-Money” and a noted resemblance to former UFC and professional wrestling champion Brock Lesnar. Many believe the persona matches the talent.
247Sports slates Boudreaux as the No. 5 offensive guard and No. 179 regardless of position in the 2016 class. Rivals ranks him as the No. 22 offensive tackle. He could provide a talented complement to Kraemer and Eichenberg.
“We can start a legacy there and build off of that,” Boudreaux said. “Their O-line is pretty good right now.”
After his Notre Dame visit, Boudreaux plans to make a top five list to schedule official visits. He remains in search of a school that fits only a few requirements.
“A place that feels like home is No. 1,” Boudreaux said. “Second is academics and academic support for the program. I’m also looking for some tradition and a family atmosphere with a good culture.”