Whitfield on Irish visit

This past weekend found Kodi Whitfield in South Bend on an unofficial visit to Notre Dame. Did the California receiver accomplish his goal during the trip?

Last week Irish Eyes spoke with Los Angeles (Calif.) Loyola receiver Kodi Whitfield (6-2, 195) about his upcoming visit to Notre Dame for the annual Blue Gold Game.

Whitfield, who expressed the desire to have Irish coaches understand his interest in them headed back to the West Coast without an offer, but an understanding of where the Irish are with his recruitment.

"We are in Chicago right now waiting to catch our flight back home," Whitfield said by phone on Monday afternoon. "I really enjoyed it at Notre Dame and had the chance to speak with Coach Denbrock who is the coach responsible for West Coast recruiting.

"He said they are close to making an offer, but they do not have enough film on me for a complete evaluation from last season. He is hoping to come to California soon and watch me workout to help them make their decision."

Like most that walk around campus, Kodi was impressed with everything he saw.

"Just walking around campus and getting a complete tour of the facilities and all the things Notre Dame can offer was great. The Gug, I thought was very neat in how it was set up and convenient for the players to have training table, study sessions and all of their meeting rooms all in one centralized location."

As he expressed in our first conversation, Kodi attends a Catholic high school in Loyola and was very impressed with non-football related aspects of Notre Dame.

"Coming from a Catholic high school and having a chance to see all of the cathedrals and other elements of Notre Dame was outstanding."

As for the things needed to earn an offer from Notre Dame, Kodi knows continued work will help.

"I feel I need to continue working on everything about my game. There is always room for improvement so this off season is the time to work on my skills and be ready in case a coach does show up for a practice or workout."

Posting a 4.15 overall GPA makes Kodi a complete student athlete. It is the student part that helps separate Notre Dame from others.

"It would be a great relief and I would be very excited to earn a scholarship offer from Notre Dame because they are top class in both football and academics. During our tour we spoke with the academic board for student athletes and just seeing the great support system they have at Notre Dame guarantees success. It also gives you the best environment to move on and have a great life after football."

Some fans always worry about players from the West Coast having issues with the weather found in South Bend. For Kodi, he understands a few tweaks to equipment can help you be ready.

"Weather will not be a factor at all. I had to get acclimated the first couple of minutes since it was my first shivers in awhile during the spring. However, the great thing about the Midwest is that even if it gets cold, you can put on some equipment for it."

If the Irish were to offer a scholarship, Kodi knows they will be one of the top programs on his list.

"I like campus enough to go back for an official visit for sure. Like I have always said, Notre Dame has always been high on my list and to get an offer would be exciting and one I would really consider strongly."

Joining Kodi on his Notre Dame trip was good friend Bryce Treggs of Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco High School. What effect would Treggs decision have on the one Kodi makes?

"The way I look at it is either way it is a win-win situation for us. We are going to be happy for each other no matter where we end up. With Bryce having a Notre Dame offer, if he decides he is going to go to Notre Dame, it will not negatively or positively influence where I will go. I will consider Notre Dame just as strongly as I did before. We are both really proud of each other and our success right now."

Time will tell if Kodi Whitfield is able to add Notre Dame to his offer list. During that time Irish Eyes will continue to check back to get the latest information on any interest shown by the Irish.

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