Notre Dame’s 2014 football recruiting class currently has seventeen verbal commitments. While there are teams with more committed prospects, the Irish seem to be high on the lists of some of the nation’s top uncommitted recruits and even with some of those that have already pledged their verbal commitment. Last week Irish Sports Daily reported on two talented young men from California that visited South Bend for Notre Dame’s victory over USC. What have you been missing by not being a member of Irish Sports Daily?
Michiah Quick, WR, 6-0, 170, Central High School, Fresno, CA attended the Notre Dame-USC game in South Bend and was there to cheer an Irish victory. This was Quick’s second visit to Notre Dame’s campus and he once again came away impressed.
“It went really good,” said Tony Perry, Fresno Central High School assistant coach. “He said he liked it, he liked it a lot. He enjoyed the whole trip.”
Quick’s first visit helped the Irish secure his official visit. He had a much more detailed agenda, though, for his second visit and at the top of his goals was to get a much better look at student life. By all accounts he accomplished that mission.
“He got a great feel,” said Perry. “He came back happy. He said, ‘I’m going to be really honest; it’s going to be something I’m really going to look into.”
Quick visited Oklahoma last month and still has trips planned to Alabama and Oregon. While he was obviously impressed by Notre Dame he wants to wait until after all of his visits before he starts making comparisons.
“He doesn’t have his mind set on going anywhere right now,” explained Perry. “He said all of the trips are really opening his eyes up. He’s getting to see some things.”
With four official visits set up, the California speedster is still deciding on his fifth destination.
“He’s still looking at UCLA and Washington,” said Perry.
The Notre Dame coaching staff will be paying plenty of attention to Quick over the next several weeks. While Quick could pull the trigger on a destination any time, Perry says that’s not the plan.
“He’s going to announce on signing day.”
Juju Smith, ATH, 6-1, 185, Long Beach Polytechnic High School, Long Beach, CA also attended Notre Dame’s victory over USC and, like Quick, returned home extremely impressed.
“It went good,” Smith said. “I saw the campus, I met new people, coaches and players. It was legit.”
Like most official visitors to Notre Dame, Smith was very impressed with the campus.
“I think the campus is great,” he shared. “The stadium is in the middle and all of the buildings are around the stadium so that’s pretty cool.”
Smith also enjoyed his time spent with the coaches, players and other recruits.
“It was fun meeting with new people from all around the nation,” he said. “It was great. Just hanging out with them was fun. The scene was different, but I could get used to it easily.”
Smith especially relished the opportunity to visit with the coaches.
“The coaches were great,” he enthused. “They’re awesome. From the defensive coordinator to the offensive coordinator to the head coach, it was great meeting them.”
Smith has always been attracted to the religious nature of Notre Dame and his official visit only increased that appreciation.
“I learned a lot,” he said. “When I went out there I thought I knew some stuff, but I learned more and more from so many meetings. The more you know, the more you feel comfortable with where you’re going to go.”
This wasn’t Smith’s first trip to the Midwest. Last month he took an official visit to Ohio State. When comparing the two he found significant differences but broke the two visits down to one specific factor.
“They’re both great schools,” he said. “Every school has great facilities, but at the end of the day it’s the education that matters.”
Smith currently has other visits scheduled to Oregon, Alabama and Michigan and plans to announce his decision at the January Under Armour Game. Until then, though, it’s clear that the Irish made quite an impression.
“They’re very high on my list, very high.”
These two summaries represent just a sample of the Notre Dame football recruiting information available each week on Irish Sports Daily.