Irish make a move with Quick
The No. 1 wide receiver in the land for the 2014 class, Michiah Quick of Fresno (Calif.) Central High East, visited Notre Dame this weekend. "Notre Dame has been in my top five ever since they offered, and after this weekend, that's definitely not changing," Quick said. "When I get there on Thursday, (cornerback prospect) Nick Watkins and I ate at the training table, and after that we went to Bennet Jackson's house and chilled," Quick said. "All the players were just really cool, and they told us why they chose Notre Dame. They were saying Notre Dame just has it all, and it really made sense after seeing everything." Quick said finding out how much Notre Dame plans to emphasize the passing game going forward is something that caught his attention. "On Friday, we went to player meetings and we got to see their game plan for next season, which was really cool," Quick said. "The thing that stood out was how much they plan to pass the ball. As a wide receiver, that's cool to see how much the ball is going to be in the air next season." "After meetings, we watched practice indoors and then just chilled in [wide receivers coach] (Mike) Denbrock's office," Quick said. "[Head] coach (Brian) Kelly gave Nick Watkins and me a tour of the athletic complex, and it was really nice. I've seen USC and UCLA's campuses, but I've never seen a real campus like Notre Dame, and that was cool. Then, Nick and I ate dinner with Bennet at Five Guys." The five-star wide out said he was impressed by Notre Dame's young signal-caller after taking in two practices. "This morning, we got up and went to a meeting and then practice," Quick said. "I watched film with the coaches until it was time to go to the airport. At practice, I thought T.J. Jones was the best. A few of the wide receivers were out with injury, and they're short on numbers at that position, so there were only about three or four guys getting all the reps. C.J. Prosise was really fast. The player that most impressed me though was Golson. He has an arm, man." Quick said the staff used the words "national championship" a lot when talking to him about joining the Irish. "The coaches told me I can be the final piece of what they're putting together for a national championship, which is really cool to think about," Quick said. "They have real need for a wide receiver like me that can play slot and create plays." "Coach Kelly was saying the funniest things," Quick said laughing. "During practice he was saying, ‘Michiah, go line up and run a route,' and I wanted to, but I knew I actually couldn't. He was saying, ‘See, that right there, that's why we need you' after a few of the plays. Coach Kelly is a players' coach and I like that." "The serious part of what Coach Kelly was telling me was that I could go to Notre Dame and play football and secure my future," Quick said. "I would have a back-up plan if something with football fell through." Quick is in no rush to end the recruiting process, and he plans on taking a couple more visits before knowing where everything stands. "I'm not going to have an order until I see the other schools in my top five," he said. "I've seen California, USC, and Notre Dame. I need to see Alabama and Oklahoma. I also want to take all of my official visits." That being said, did Quick take enough away from his visit to Notre Dame to position the Irish in strong contention going forward? "My favorite part of the visit was seeing the players practice because if I do decide to go to Notre Dame, I know what to expect and I like how things are run," Quick said. "I can see myself at Notre Dame. I got to go in the locker room and try on a No. 4 jersey, and I gotta say, it looked pretty good on me. I mean, Notre Dame has everything I'm looking for."
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