Mike Brey and the Notre Dame basketball program hosted a five-star prospect for an official visit last weekend and Devin Robinson left impressed.
“It was good,” Christchurch School (Christchurch, Va.) head coach Ben Thompson said of the 6-foot-7, 190-pound swingman's trip to Notre Dame.
“He had a good weekend. He enjoyed the atmosphere, what the school had to offer and I think he enjoyed his time being in South Bend. It was nothing but a good report.”
One of the highlights of the trip was getting to spend more time with Brey and the rest of the Irish staff.
“I think the thing about taking an official visit for any kid is it’s the first time they really get to spend face-to-face time with the coaching staff,” Thompson said. “I think he enjoyed having that face-to-face time and getting to know those guys a lot better.”
Another benefit to taking visits is the opportunity to play pickup with current players and other visiting recruits. That experience was a positive one for Robinson.
“From what he told me, he was looking to see how the guys played together and the kind of chemistry they had,” said Thompson. “He thought the chemistry was great and he felt included, he felt a part of it.”
And of course, the opportunity to experience a Notre Dame football game also made an impression.
“Definitely,” his coach said. “His first time at a Notre Dame game and getting to experience the tradition and the pageantry, that was overwhelming.”
Robinson, who shot up the recruiting rankings during the spring and summer, took an official visit to Oklahoma State just before South Bend and has three other trips coming up next month.
“He’s still looking,” his coach said. “He’s heading to Indiana next weekend (Oct. 4), then Florida the following weekend (Oct. 11) and UConn that next weekend (Oct. 18).”
Robinson will likely make a decision shortly after completing his visits.
“I think so,” Thompson said. “I think he would like to. I wouldn’t put a timetable on it, but I think he would like to.”
And the plan is to sign during November’s early signing period.
“If everything is right and feels right, I think so,” his coach said.
At this point, each school seems to be tied.
“Nobody has any lead or anything,” said Thompson. “Everything is still wide open. I think he wants to take every visit first and then talk about it.”
Notre Dame definitely offered Robinson plenty to talk about when he does sit down to make a decision.
“I would say that he left knowing what kind of place Notre Dame. It’s different when you see a place rather than just hearing about it. I think they have a different impression and a better feel for what Notre Dame is about.”