Time with RGIII paying dividends for LaFleur on recruiting trail

Time with RGIII paying dividends for LaFleur on recruiting trail
April 3, 2014, 2:45 pm
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame quarterbacks coach Matt LaFleur hadn't been out recruiting since 2007, when he was the offensive coordinator for a small Division II school in northern Ohio.

With Notre Dame, LaFleur's territory covers the entire west coast, Hawaii and Michigan. The stakes are far higher than they were at Ashland University, but LaFleur has a trump card: The two years he spent coaching Robert Griffin III with the Washington Redskins.

"He's all over the place," LaFleur said. "You see him on Subway, adidas. I think any young person that has an interest in football, it gives them a little wow factor when I talk to them a little bit."

But LaFleur added: "I think Notre Dame ultimately, it's going to come down to how they fit in at Notre Dame."

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If anything, Griffin represents a good jumping off point for LaFleur, who's not just recruiting quarterbacks for the Irish. His work with the 2012 NFL Rookie of the Year gives him instant credibility, on which he can build while meeting with a recruit or high school coach.

LaFleur did some recruiting between being hired in January and signing day in February, though will begin to really make a push in his territories come May. And while adjustment periods have been all the rage in South Bend during spring practice, those extend to LaFleur's transition back into recruiting.

"It's just different going from talking from the NFL perspective of dealing with guys mid to late 20's, even in their 30's, and then you're talking to a 16-year-old," LaFleur said. "Wrapping my brain around that is taking some time, but it's been a quick adjustment. We've got a great product here so it's an easy sell, with what this university stands for and what you can get from this university as well as playing football on a national stage at the highest level. We just have a great product to sell."

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