McKinney enjoys his visit to South Bend

Safety commit Prentice McKinney of Dallas (Texas) South Oak Cliff recaps his first visit to Notre Dame.

Notre Dame gained a commitment from safety Prentice McKinney last month. McKinney committed to the Irish before setting foot on campus, but last weekend, McKinney made the trip to see his future school.

"It was really nice," McKinney said. "I enjoyed myself a lot. It was what I expected, but at the same time, it exceeded a lot of my expectations."

McKinney, who committed to Notre Dame over offers from the likes of Arkansas, Arizona State, California, Michigan, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Texas A&M, arrived in South Bend on Friday evening before the Blue-Gold game.

"I was able to chill with Elijah Shumate, Max Redfield and Chris Brown," McKinney said. "They are all really cool guys and easy to get to know. Max was telling me school is hard, but you have the right support system around you that you need to succeed if you work hard."

On Saturday, McKinney received a tour of campus.

"It was pretty beautiful," McKinney said. "It was surreal some people were asking for my autograph when I was walking around the tailgates. I didn't expect that but it was awesome talking to all of the fans. The campus and the atmosphere is just really unique. Plus, with the academics and tradition - you just can't beat it."

McKinney was also able to talk with Brian Kelly.

"He sees me playing free safety," McKinney said. "He thinks I'll fit right in with the team and in school. We looked at some of the workouts I need to be doing, and they're pretty similar to what I've already been doing this offseason."

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound safety was also able to spend time with future teammate and fellow Texan, wide receiver commit Jalen Guyton.

"We hung out together the entire weekend," McKinney said. "He's really cool and we already have a great relationship. He only lives about 30 minutes from me in Texas, so we'll hang out down there, too."

McKinney also already knows when he'll be back at Notre Dame. He has set his official visit up for the Michigan game in the fall.

McKinney committed to Notre Dame as a three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 27 safety in the class of 2015. Top Stories