Notre Dame lands a good one in Cole Luke

Defensive back and specifically the corner position was a big priority for Notre Dame and on Thursday, they landed one of the top targets on their board in Chandler (Ariz.) Hamilton standout Cole Luke.

Cole Luke is one of the elite corners, not just out West, but nationally as well. He has all the physical tools to play early in college and chose the Irish after narrowing his choices to also include Arizona State, Oklahoma and Texas.

"He's the best cover corner I've coached in my 22 years of coaching," Hamilton head coach and former Notre Dame quarterback Steve Belles said. He's a true shutdown corner. I think he can cover anybody that he will be assigned to, and he'll be able to shut him down, that's the bottom line.

"School-wise, in terms of football, that's what he is going to bring. He's going to be someone that can cover somebody and take that guy out of the game completely. Hopefully he can bring us another state title before he leaves, I hope that comes first."

Luke took his final official visit this past weekend to Oklahoma.

The biggest advice I gave him was to do a pro-con list and really think about what your education is going to get you in terms of what it can do for you," Belles said. "I'm not just talking locally or anything like that. I'm talking whether it will transcend from coast-to-coast, and if you're serious about that then I said, 'Notre Dame is a great option.'

"Each University provides something special but you have to find that out and go on your trips. I think he did a really good job of that and Notre Dame offered him more in terms of what he was looking for than anybody else. I think that is what did it. I also think Davonte Neal, who played locally at Chaparral, played a role too. Davonte hosted Cole and he told him that's what stuck out to him about Notre Dame, just what the school can do for you outside of football and that helped a lot to be honest with you."

Belles said he wasn't sure if Luke would still take an official visit to ASU.

"I think he might be done," Belles said. "He already visited Texas and Oklahoma but I don't know if he has anything lined up with ASU. I know that was under consideration at one time but I don't know about that after he committed today."

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