Irish Visit Nation's No. 1 Safety

Notre Dame was in Sacramento earlier this week to check on's top-rated safety, Shaq Thompson of Grant High. What is the latest on Thompson and the Irish?

After saying Notre Dame wasn't in consideration a few weeks ago,'s No. 1-rated safety has the Irish on his list, and one of five schools on his list.

The decision comes after an Irish assistant coach met with Shaquille Thompson as Grant High (Sacramento) earlier this week.

"I'm not even sure who the assistant was because we were collecting gear from the season when he came in," Grant High coach Mike Alberghini said. "I asked him if he wanted to talk to Shaq and then we can talk, and I think he left so I didn't get a chance to talk to him. (Thompson) said it went well."

Alberghini added the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Thompson continues to have Notre Dame on his radar, and is still is not close to making a decision despite making four official visits.

On his twitter, Thompson said he was considering California, USC, Notre Dame, Oregon and Washington. He has made official visits Notre Dame, Oregon, Washington and Arizona State. He originally committed to Cal before pulling back to go through the process more.

As for his final visit, that has not yet been determined.

"I think he's going to wait until January to do that," Alberghini said. "I think he wants to take some time to think about it and go enjoy himself in some all-star games."

He told on Thursday he may use his fifth visit for USC, and he also does not know when he will make a decision on a school.

"Shaq has not said directly where he's going to go yet," Alberghini said. "He's made four of his five visits, and he has not said he's finalized his decision yet."

Alberghini added it is hard to get a read on where Thompson is leaning because he returns from official visits with great feelings about each school. However, he believes Notre Dame has some work to do to secure a commitment from Thompson.

"He's doesn't really rule too many out," Alberghini said. "Each time he visits a school, he says he likes it." Top Stories