Notre Dame football has new power 5 competition for top WR target

While the Irish might be the front runners for Derek Meadows it looks like Notre Dame football isn't winning this battle without a fight.

A Notre Dame Fighting Irish football helmet is shown during a media press conference Thursday, Dec.
A Notre Dame Fighting Irish football helmet is shown during a media press conference Thursday, Dec. / Corey Perrine/Florida Times-Union / USA
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The Notre Dame football team has been making quite the push on some of the biggest and best recruits in the country of late. One of those prospects, Derek Meadows is thought to be a lean towards the Fighting Irish. However, there’s a new player on the scene.

The Alabama Crimson Tide have now given Meadows an official offer. One would have to think that might play into just how heavy a lean the receiver is towards the Fighting Irish. At least a little bit. 

On the other hand, it’s not as though the 4-star receiver out of Las Vegas wasn’t already being pursued by some of the best schools in the country. As a matter of fact, before the Crimson Tide came calling, he already had Georgia and Florida coming after him already.

What is interesting is that he doesn’t have a ton of west coast talent in hot pursuit. One has to wonder if that might be because none of the traditional programs that might be going after the Bishop Gorman prospect are members of the Pac-12 anymore. 

Those schools are not only not in a conference that plays exclusively on the West Coast, but they aren’t even in a conference all together. Oregon, Washington, USC and UCLA are now in the Big Ten. 

Arizona and Arizona State are in the Big 12. Cal and Stanford are in the ACC. Nevada has come calling, but they’re in the Mountain West and the only other “West Coast” schools around the Wolfpack are in the Mountain West.

Notre Dame football has new power 5 competition for top WR target

Derek Meadows certainly has the talent to play on the Power Conference level. The breakup of the Pac-12 might be opening doors for programs like Notre Dame football and Alabama when Oregon, USC or Washington would have been a shoo-in in the past.