When Notre Dame was pursuing elite 2013 cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, the Irish also found out about his teammate, 2014 quarterback Chase Litton.
Hargreaves (Tampa, Fla./Wharton) committed to Florida shortly after visiting South Bend this past summer and has been solid ever since, but Irish assistant Tony Alford continues to work on Litton.
Litton measured 6 feet, 5 inches and 185 pounds at the Under Armour Combine at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., last week. He arrived at the combine ready to have a good time and get better.
“I just wanted to come out and have fun with these guys,” he said. “They’re all top players, they wouldn’t be here if they weren’t. It helps me get timing better with faster players. It helps me get my name out there with scouts and stuff like that. It helps me out a lot.
“I wanted to show that I can play with all of these guys and show my height and my arm strength.”
Litton landed an offer from LSU early in the process and believes he was close to landing one from South Florida before Skip Holtz was fired.
“Now with the whole coaching change, I haven’t talked to them recently,” said Litton. “I talk to Miami a lot.”
He’s been in touch with several other schools as well.
“I talked to Florida a couple days ago,” said Litton. “I’m going to go down there during the spring and take visits. I’ve talked with Georgia recently. I get a lot of emails from Florida State and I talked with Coach Alford the other day, so that should be interesting.”
Litton said Alford is still excited about recruiting him.
“He wants me to come out for a camp this summer and wants me to come visit,” the junior quarterback said of the Notre Dame recruiting coordinator. “He’s funny. He came down to my school during the season. You can tell he definitely knows how to treat people.”
The thing that sticks out most to Litton about Notre Dame is the program’s prestige.
“That school goes way back,” he said. “I like how there’s no individuals. It’s all a team, just guys putting helmets on and playing ball. The fan base and where it is, and like I said, the prestige of the school is just amazing.”
Litton doesn’t have any future visit plans ironed out just yet.
“I’m going to sit down with my coach and talk and make plans from there,” he said.
The coaches and players he’ll be around will be key when he’s making a decision.
“If I feel like I could have a great personality with the coaches and the players and feel like brothers, that’s all I could ask for.”