Many big-time college football coaches say they had a solid recruiting year after stocking their larders with prime high school prospects on the first day the NCAA permitted prepsters to sign binding national letters of intent.
Happiest were Notre Dame's Lou Holtz and Florida State's Bobby Bowden, whose recruiting hauls Wednesday were rated head and shoulders above everyone else by Allen Wallace, publisher of SuperPrep Magazine of Costa Mesa, Calif."After a national championship season, people are more receptive," Holtz said.
Notre Dame signed 18 of the 161 players accorded all-America status by SuperPrep, including two of the country's best quarterbacks, Rick Mirer of Goshen, Ind., and Jake Kelchner of Berwick, Pa.; linebacker Shawn Smith of Buena, N.J., a state sprint champion who runs a 10.6 100 meters; running back Dorsey Levens of Syracuse, N.Y., a 6-foot-2, 200-pound tailback who rushed for 22 touchdowns and more than 1,300 yards; Craig Hentrich of Alton, Ill., who kicked four field goals of 50 yards or longer and averaged 47 yards a punt; wide receiver William Pollard, a 6-5, 210-pounder from Fort Knox, Ky., who runs a 4.4 40 and caught 37 passes for 928 yards and 12 touchdowns.
"Things are going so good I'm afraid to walk across the street," Bowden said.
The Seminoles signed seven SuperPrep all-Americas, all from within the state. They are running back Clyde Allen of Fort Myers, defensive back John Davis of Pahokee, quarterback Kenny Felder of Niceville, wide receiver Matt Frier of Live Oak, linebackers Sterling Palmer of Fort Lauderdale and Eric Shaw of Pensacola and wide receiver Eric Turral from Tallahassee.