5-Star Day Discusses his Pledge to Notre Dame

Warren Central High (Indianapolis) five-star defensive tackle Sheldon Day had seen enough of the recruiting process to know Notre Dame was the place for him to be. Wednesday night, Day called Notre Dame and gave them his pledge. IrishEyes.com spoke with Day following his practice on Thursday.

Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central High defensive lineman Sheldon Day was hot and tired when he spoke with IrishEyes.com on Thursday afternoon. For Day, the past 24 hours have been a blur as he came to the conclusion it was time to end his college recruitment and pledge to Notre Dame.

What did the Irish offer to earn his pledge?

"Academics and great coaching were very important in my decision," Day told IrishEyes.com "I feel the coaches at Notre Dame can make me a better player and having the chance to get to know them better made it easy and helped me a lot in making my decision."

When Day committed, the first member of the Irish staff he spoke with was defensive line coach Mike Elston.

What reaction did Day get from giving his future position coach the news?

"It was very exciting to make the call and coach Elston seemed very happy to have me," Day said. "I've not spoken with (coach) Brian Kelly as he's been busy in meetings but plan to do so soon."

From the beginning, Day has looked for a place he felt he belonged. The Irish filled the requirements.

"The family atmosphere at Notre Dame and the great football they have is something I wanted to be a part of," Day said. "My mother, other family members and coaches all played a great role in the decision making process and one of the things about Notre Dame was they are still close to home, but still far enough away.

"Plus I know I'm going to get a great education."

One of the first to hear the news was future teammate David Perkins. Has other members of the Irish growing class been in contact?

"I've talked with David Perkins and he seemed happy that I had committed," Day said. "Ronald Darby hit me up on Facebook and I'll look to speak to other guys soon."

By Thursday, some wondered if Day felt any pressure of losing his spot in the Irish class. Did it play a role in his decision?

"I'm happy to have this behind me and I'm ready to focus only on my senior year," he said. "I really didn't feel any pressure that I had to commit at this time. I've always felt if I missed out on the opportunity to be at Notre Dame, then Notre Dame wasn't meant for me."

Who were the programs Notre Dame beat out?

"It came down to Notre Dame, Michigan, and Iowa, Virginia Tech, LSU and a few other schools," he said.

Are there plans to take any other visits?

"I have no plans to take any other visits as I'm committed to Notre Dame," Day said."

For Day, the school year and football season have already started.

"We have already started school and we just finished up with practice today," he said. "Right now it's a lot of mental (stuff) as we're just getting back into the mood of having school and football practice."

As for what Day and his teammates expect this fall the goals are big.

"We expect to have a great year as we have an incredible offense and a great defense," he said.

What message does Day have for Irish fans about himself?

"I would tell Notre Dame fans I'm a great young man who loves the sport of football," he said.

Another major reason the Irish earned Day's pledge was academics.

"I plan on studying pre-med or business in college," Day said. "Academics did play a big role in my decision as I felt if I could go to a great school and get a great education it would help me after college and help me have better success in life."

What position does Notre Dame see Day playing?

"They see me playing at a 4- and 3- technique guy," he said."

Does Day hope this will start a pipeline between the Irish and Warren Central?

"Yes, hopefully I will be the start of a pipeline from here to Notre Dame," he said

Will Day be working to get other top players committed to the Irish?

"Yes, I will be working to help get some other guys on board," he said.


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