5-star Thompson Back from Notre Dame Visit

The nation's No. 1 safety, Shaq Thompson of Grant High (Sacramento), was on Notre Dame's campus for an official visit during the USC game. It was his third visit, and two more are to come. So, how did it go? And what is next? IrishEyes.com has the answers.

Grant High (Sacramento) five-star safety Shaq Thompson, the nation's player at his position in Scout.com's rankings, will take time to concentrate on his season before making another official visit.

However, it appears Notre Dame made a very good impression on the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Thompson.

"He had a good time and he said he was impressed by stadium, and the surroundings, and the school itself," Grant High coach Mike Alberghini said. "He's still in the process of going to see a few more schools and make a decision after that. He has a lot on his plate right now. We don't delve too far into it because he is trying to get through school and focus on all the other things."

Thompson didn't begin his visit until Saturday afternoon, and he did not arrive back in town until early Monday afternoon. He and Alberghini spoke briefly about the visit, which was Thompson's first to South Bend, Ind.

"It was a special occasion, so this way he got a chance to visit and meet coach (Brian) Kelly and the staff and get to see the players in a game," Alberghini said. "I think anybody that would go to a school like Notre Dame, you're very impressed by the people and the excitement of the game. I think he was. He was captured by all that.

"It's hard to go when you go during the season. He played a game Friday, then had a five-hour flight, a whirlwind visit and got home, and then we had practice at 1:30 p.m."

It was Thompson's third visit. He already tripped to Oregon and Washington, and tentatively is set to visit Michigan for the Nov. 26 game against Ohio State.

"He hasn't decided his last one," Alberghini said. "He's going to wait until January for his last visit and see where he wants to take it."

Thompson originally committed to California and still has the Bears under consideration. It is Alberghini's plan for Thompson to make his visits, and then the two can sit down and talk about each school.

"I have them come home and write down what they like and what they weren't too fond of, and then we put it away," Thompson said. "When you finished five visits and written it out, let's talk about it. I don't want him to compare one school to another right away.

"If you take three visits during the season and then two after, by the time you get to the last one, that is the one you think about the most."

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