Iowa State coach rips Notre Dame for trying to flip recruit

Iowa State coach rips Notre Dame for trying to flip recruit
February 6, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Notre Dame made a push for for four-star wide receiver Allen Lazard, but ultimately fell short as the Urbandale, Iowa native stuck to his commitment to Iowa State yesterday.

But the efforts of Notre Dame, as well as Iowa, to try to flip the best player in his 2014 recruiting class rankled Cyclones head coach Paul Rhoads.

"He's (Lazard) not going to a school in Northern Indiana," Rhoads said. "Boy, they wasted a lot of time and money. He's not going to another school in this state who feverishly tried to call him about a half a dozen times in the last week."

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The 6-foot-5, 204-pound Lazard was ranked by Rivals as the best player in the state of Iowa, the seventh-best wide receiver nationally and the 47th best overall player in the class of 2014. He committed to Iowa State on Dec. 3, 2012, but took an official visit to South Bend for Notre Dame's Oct. 18 game against USC last fall.

Interestingly enough, Notre Dame safeties coach Bob Elliott recruited Lazard and was on Rhoads' staff at Iowa State in 2010 and 2011 as a secondary coach.

Notre Dame signed two four-star receivers in its 2014 class: Justin Brent (Indianapolis, Ind.) and Corey Holmes (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).