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Thursday, May 2, 2013
Ducks, Irish could be next for LaRubbio

By Jared Shanker

Twenty-two offers are in for Jarrett LaRubbio (Liberty Township, Ohio/Lakota East). The 23rd-ranked player in Ohio is hoping offer No. 23 is his biggest yet.

Two programs the three-star offensive guard believes could offer soon are Notre Dame and Oregon.

Fighting Irish assistant coach Mike Elston was at Lakota East last week, who briefly told LaRubbio a few of the Notre Dame coaches saw his junior highlight tape. Elston watched with Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand, and both were excited with what they saw.

“They really like my film and they’re going to talk with Coach [Brian] Kelly,” LaRubbio said. “They should tell me pretty soon what they’re thinking of in terms of an offer.”

If the national championship runner-up were to offer, LaRubbio said “it’d be hard not to put them up there.”

The same goes for Oregon, which has contacted the nation's No. 28 guard often over the last month. The coaches told LaRubbio they are close to offering and will be in to visit soon. That is when LaRubbio believes the 2013 Fiesta Bowl champions will make it official.

“I think he wants to offer in person,” LaRubbio said. “He’s really interested and, since it’s farther, wants to get me down on an official visit.

“[An offer] would mean a lot since it’s been so successful and such a great school. I’m definitely looking at them really hard because of the tradition and it’s great a program.”

NC State and Pitt are two programs LaRubbio mentioned he is high on, although he has no official top group. The most recent visit that LaRubbio went on was to Raleigh to take a closer look at a program getting a facelift under new coach Dave Doeren.

“I like it a lot. Their coaches, I talk to them and they are very interested,” LaRubbio said. “I’m very excited to talk to them and get to know them.”

Originally, LaRubbio wanted to use spring practices to help come to a decision, but LaRubbio still has a few visits he wants to take. He will make it to Wisconsin in the summer, and, depending on which new schools offer, could set up several more visits.

While a decision could still come before the season, with offers from Pac-12 programs Arizona State and Washington and a potential scholarship from Oregon, LaRubbio might wait to take official visits during his senior season.