Let’s set the record straight: Notre Dame is very interested in 2012 small forward Jake Layman. Though a basketball recruiting site reported Tuesday afternoon that Layman received a scholarship offer from Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey Monday night, that information is inaccurate.
BlueandGold.com reached Layman Tuesday afternoon and the 6-8 Massachusetts native confirmed that he did indeed speak to Brey the previous night, but that nothing more than a possible visit and the program’s ongoing interest was discussed.
“No, no they didn’t offer,” said Layman, who is rated the 90th prospect in the nation by 247Sports.com. “I talked to Coach Brey last night but they didn’t offer, no. I think he wants me to come and visit first and then see where it goes from there.”
Brey might not want to hold his breath.
“I might try to get over there but I don’t know if it’s going to happen,” Layman, who has great touch and is extremely nimble for a big man, added. “Not soon, no.”
It’s also been reported by a number of recruiting publications that Maryland, which has extended an offer to Layman, is the forward’s top choice. The Terrapins are one of his top choices, but Layman confirmed that no school is currently the frontrunner.
Though a visit to South Bend, Ind., doesn’t appear to be a top priority for Layman, who plays AAU ball with BABC, the Irish are still in the race for his services.
“They’re still in the mix,” he said. “Maryland is not really my No. 1, but they’re definitely like high up there.”
Boston College, Louisville and Providence have also offered Layman a scholarship.