Notre Dame could be game-changer for Conner

Four-star linebacker Nick Conner of Dublin (Ohio) Dublin Scioto recaps his weekend visit to Notre Dame and provides insight into where he stands in earning an Irish offer after a conversation with Irish assistant Mike Elston.

Four-star linebacker Nick Conner of Dublin (Ohio) Scioto took his first visit to Notre Dame last weekend for the Blue-Gold game. He arrived Friday night with his mom and aunt.

"It was really good, I liked it a lot there," Conner said. "Campus was beautiful. Everything was really nice, on a different level than the other schools that I have seen. The people there and the fans were really nice, and the athletic complex was pretty amazing. It would be cool to be there one day as a player."

Conner, who is being recruited to Notre Dame to play inside linebacker, has also visited Illinois, Kentucky, Penn State and Ohio State. He holds offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Syracuse and West Virginia.

Could Notre Dame soon be added to that list?

"We had breakfast with Coach (Mike) Elston," Conner said. "He said that Notre Dame has only offered four inside linebackers in this class, and he said I'm right behind them. He has a depth chart of prospects and I'm high on that list. He wants me to come to camp on June 20, so he can evaluate me in person, so I plan on going to that."

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound linebacker currently does not have any favorites.

"I'm still not sure what I want in a school," Conner said. "I'm still seeing places and figuring things out."

Academics, however, will be of importance to Conner.

"I know that Notre Dame is one of the best schools in the nation," Conner said. "All of their programs are very highly ranked."

Conner also plans to camp at Ohio State this summer. He is visiting Michigan State on Thursday.

Conner says Elston plans to visit his school in early May.

Note: Notre Dame has offered inside linebackers Cecil Cherry (Tennessee commit), Tevon Coney, De'Amontae Jackson and Leo Lewis. Top Stories