Notre Dame recently started showing interest in cornerback Valdez Showers from Madison High School …
Showers in South Bend Today
Valdez Showers, the 6-foot, 185-pound, four-star cornerback/running back from Madison Heights, Mich., attended a Florida camp earlier this month and came away with an offer from the Gators. "It was a good camp," Showers said. "I liked it a lot. I did my best and got an offer. The program is great and I loved the campus. It's a good academic school too." He doesn't plan on attending any other camps, but will visit Notre Dame later today (June 29). "I've never been there and I've heard a lot about them," he said about the Irish. "They haven't offered me yet, but they said they want me to come there and see how I like it before they do." Showers says he likes the new Irish head coach, Brian Kelly. "He's a good coach," he said. "I think he'll help enhance the program a lot. They should have a good season." He says the two schools that are recruiting him the hardest are Michigan and Iowa. Showers has already visited Michigan, but has never been to Iowa. Both have offered. "The coaches at Michigan are very good," he said. "I think they'll be coming up too. The coaches are real cool and have a good relationship with the players. They are very personable and seem very interested in getting to know me as a person first." Although he hasn't visited the Hawkeyes yet, he likes their coaches as well. "They're recruiting me hard," he said. "I really like how down-to-earth they are. "I like their defense there too," he said about Iowa. "They're a great defensive program." Showers, ranked as the No. 10 cornerback in the country by Scout.com, is also being recruited as running back but admits most schools want him on defense. "I'm a ball player and I'll play what the coaches want me to play," he said. With a total of 17 scholarship offers, Showers admits he's had a tough time narrowing down his list. "Different schools have different things," he said. "They all have pros and cons about them and I just need to see what fits me best." "I want to go where I have a chance to compete and maybe start," he said. Showers says his criteria in choosing a school will be "1) a good location, 2) good academics, 3) strong football program and 4) fitting in with the coaches," he said. He says he also has offers from Michigan State, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Toledo, Akron, Auburn, Bowling Green and Cincinnati, among others. Showers reports a 3.2 core GPA and a 20 ACT.
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