Count Danny Hong’s mailbox among those across the country being weighed down by mail from South Bend. The 2015 Las Vegas quarterback’s mailbox has been flooded by Notre Dame multiple times since Sept 1st.
“It was short and sweet, just giving some insight of what Notre Dame football is about and the hard work that is required at Notre Dame and stuff,” he said.
The 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from Bishop Gorman High School already knew a little bit about the Irish.
“My dad is a USC alum, so I grew up watching every Notre Dame-USC game they’ve had,” he chuckled. “I didn’t want to admit it, but I knew Notre Dame was always pretty good. I know Notre Dame is rich in tradition and with Coach (Brian) Kelly now, they’ve turned the program around, reaching the national championship last year. They’re doing well.”
Hong was honored to hear from Notre Dame.
“It’s humbling because I never really thought I would get mail from Notre Dame at this point,” he said. “I didn’t even think they knew who I was. I’m glad that I’m on their radar and it’s humbling that I am.”
Hong and teammate Nicco Fertitta, a 2015 safety who is also receiving interest from the Irish, had Sept. 1st circled on their calendars for a while, waiting to see which schools would send mail once they were allowed to per NCAA rules.
“When the day came, we were pretty stoked to see what came and it definitely elevated the recruiting process a little,” he said.
Hong earned an early offer from Hawaii as a freshman.
“It was humbling,” he said. “I actually got the offer from Coach (Norm) Chow and that kind of meant a lot more because, like I said, I grew up a USC fan and watching him with Matt Leinart, Reggie Bush and that powerhouse offense. It meant a little more that it was from him. As a freshman, it boosted my confidence and self-esteem, but it was humbling at the same time.”
Hong considers himself a pro-style quarterback.
“If I had to say something that would attract coaches, I guess it’d be the mental and cerebral part of my game, but that’s just one part,” he said. “I can definitely improve in all aspects of the game like footwork, mobility and everything else.”
Hong has also received interest from schools like Vanderbilt, Princeton, Columbia, Yale, Harvard, Indiana, Georgia, Colorado and Oregon. Hong has always put academics ahead of athletics.
“When I started playing football, my parents predicated that school was the first priority before anything else,” he said. “I know that Notre Dame holds a legacy for great academics as well.”
Not surprisingly, academics will play a major role in his ultimate decision.
“It’s not going to come down to location because I love traveling, so that’s not going to be a problem at all,” he said. “I guess the tradition of the program, grades, how academically strong they are and of course football.
“I definitely will heavily take the academics into heavy consideration. I predicated the majority of my life to academics and school. A degree from Notre Dame, that speaks for itself. It’s definitely a great school with great football tradition.”