After watching Farrell play last week, Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey extended an offer to the 2014 New Jersey point guard on Sunday night.
On Tuesday evening, Farrell verbally committed to Notre Dame.
“I grew up around Notre Dame, watching TV,” Farrell told Irish Sports Daily. “My grandfather went there. I’ve been out there before when I was little and I just know it’s a special place.
“I talked with Coach Brey a lot. He was telling me about the point guards’ relationship with him. Me and him really hit it off. I’m really excited to get out there and start my relationship with him and be a part of the Irish family.”
The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder from Point Pleasant previously had offers from schools like St. Joseph’s, Rutgers and Fordham and was receiving interest from several other big programs, but his familiarity with Notre Dame gave the Irish the edge in the end.
“It was a decision me and my family talked about,” said Farrell. “I narrowed my schools down and I figured Notre Dame was the best opportunity for me and I’m excited to be there.”
A one-time Boston College commit, Farrell acknowledged it was a tough decision in the end, but one he’s excited to have behind him.
“I’m very excited,” he said. “It’s sort of a relief. I was going back and forth with a couple of schools. It was a close decision because I was interested in some other schools, but I sat down with my family and said to myself, ‘Notre Dame was an opportunity I wanted since I was a little kid. I’m not going to throw away this opportunity.’ And I’m excited. I’m definitely excited.”
Brey texted Farrell after the Irish’s practice on Monday just to check in with him and when the senior point guard saw it, he decided it was time to give the Irish head coach his pledge.
“He was thrilled,” Farrell said. “He told me they were looking for a win tomorrow and now that he found out I’m coming to them, he said they already won. They’re excited. He said he was really thrilled to coach me and thinks we can have a special relationship there.”
Farrell joins big men Bonzie Colson and Martin Geben, who both signed with Notre Dame in the fall, in the Irish’s 2014 recruiting class. Notre Dame has one available scholarship for next season. It could be filled with a high school prospect or a senior transfer.