Bonzie Colson made his first visit to Notre Dame this weekend and the 2014 Rhode Island forward left with a much better feeling of the Irish coaching staff and its program.
“It was a good opportunity to meet with the coaches and the players,” the 6-foot-5, 210-pounder from St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I., said.
It was the third official visit for Colson, who already took trips to Pittsburgh and Florida State. Notre Dame was the first high-major program to extend an offer, but it was still good for Colson to get to know the staff better.
“I was with them for a long time,” he said. “I got to understand where they come from and how they think I’d fit.
“They’re great people. They have a lot of experience with former great players and NBA players, so they definitely know how to coach and how to take kids to the next level.”
Fit will likely be an important factor for Colson, who is a unique player as an undersized, but talented power forward.
“I’d be in a free-flowing offense and that’d be good for me,” he said.
Colson got a firsthand look at what it would be like to play with the Irish on Saturday morning.
“I played pickup with them and I played pretty good,” he said. “I think I would fit in with them and I held my own.”
He feels he’d mesh with the players off the court as well.
“They’re cool kids,” said Colson. “They’re funny. They’re just a good group of guys.”
The senior prospect also enjoyed his opportunity to tour the Notre Dame campus and take in the Irish’s football game against Oklahoma.
“It was a great campus,” he said. “There were a lot of people everywhere and nice buildings. It was nice.
“The football game was crazy. There were a lot of people there. It was a good experience to be there and see what a Notre Dame football game would be like.”
He had another trip scheduled coming up, but has cancelled it.
“I was going to go to Miami this weekend, but I cut them,” he said.
He’s still looking at Notre Dame, Pitt and Florida State along with Connecticut and Temple.
“I might go up to see UConn,” he said, adding a visit to Temple was also a possibility.
He feels like he’s “definitely” getting closer to a decision, but isn’t exactly sure when one could come.
“I don’t have a date, but I should be making it before the season,” he said.
One thing he is sure of is that the Irish helped themselves this weekend.
“Notre Dame is a little bit more of a good look for me. I feel like knowing them and understanding how they coach helps me out a lot.”