Odenigbo understands Notre Dame is special

Irish Eyes sat down with Centerville, Ohio linebacker Ifeadi Odenigbo and talked about his interest in Notre Dame.

It was just a few months ago when Ifeadi Odenigbo was a high school football player just hoping to have one college football coach show interest in his ability. Now, the Ohio linebacker is one of the hottest names in the country. What has kept Odenigbo humble?

"I have received great advice from teammates like Michael Bennett and my head coach Ron Ullery. They have always given me tips about staying levelheaded. It also starts at home, where I come from my parents always remind me to keep a level head. That is why I have a level head."

After a recent Junior Day visit to Notre Dame, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound outside linebacker came away with a comfort level with one of the Irish coaches.

"I went to Notre Dame for their Junior Day and had a chance to meet with Coach Diaco. I am comfortable with Coach Diaco as he is so energetic. When I was there he was coaching me up like I was on his football team and that was just great."

One question many have asked Ifeadi since he received his Irish offer is if he has seen the movie Rudy.

"No I have not, but that was what a lot of people are talking about and one of my friends said something when we were up there about that was where they shot the movie Rudy at."

While weight rooms and stadiums blow most recruits away, Ifeadi found things away from football caught his eye.

"It has to be the cathedral. I really like the church and the chandelier. The facilities around campus have never really changed that much. I never understood why people would always say that once you have walked on the Notre Dame campus, you would find there is something special about it. However, once I walked around campus, I fully understood what they were talking about."

A devout catholic, Ifeadi knows faith will always be a part of his life. However, it will not be the main factor in his college decision.

"Being Catholic comes into play in many decisions in my life. However, at the end of the day education will come first in my college choice. No matter where I go in life, I will carry my faith with me. No matter is I go to a Catholic school of not."

While it would be easy to name a leader, Odenigbo is not ready to bring his recruiting to a stop.

"I am excited about every school that has offered me. I love going on visits as I get to meet new people each time."

While it would be easy to feel confident at this stage, Ifeadi reflects about everything that has happened to him every day.

"I have reflected back about what all that has happened so far. I am so blessed and so grateful every signal day."

The more I speak with Ifeadi the more I can see him placing Notre Dame as one of his top schools. Irish Eyes will continue following the recruiting of one of the top athletes in the country and his interest in Notre Dame.

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