Bilal has a leader

Four-star linebacker Asmar Bilal of Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis spent all of Thursday at Notre Dame. He talks about the distinct messages Brian Kelly and Brian VanGorder rendered, how Notre Dame has established itself in the eyes of him and his family, and what's next on his plate.

Four-star linebacker Asmar Bilal of Indianapolis (Ind.) Ben Davis kicked off his summer tour of visits with a day trip on Thursday to Notre Dame with his mom, dad and younger brother.

"We got there around 9:40 a.m. this morning and stayed until 5:30 p.m. this afternoon," Bilal said. "It was a really good day. When we got there, we met up with Coach (Mike) Elston and he gave us a two hour-presentation about Notre Dame."

"Academics made up the entire first part of it," Bilal said. "He said Notre Dame had the No. 1 graduation rate in the country last year at 94 percent. He also talked a lot about Notre Dame's networking resources. My mom liked it a lot."

After speaking with Elston, Bilal toured campus and met up with Irish defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder for a meeting.

"I liked him a lot," Bilal said. "He talked about what Notre Dame offers as a school and he wanted me give him my perspective on what I wanted in a school. He described what separated Notre Dame from other schools, saying it was quality academics and a long-standing tradition of great football. He said the only other school that could come close to offering that was Stanford."

Bilal, who currently checks in at 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, received some high praise from VanGorder regarding his play on the field.

"He seems me playing the WILL linebacker for Notre Dame," Bilal said. "He said that Jaylon Smith plays that position right now and not that many other players fit that mold, but that I am one of them. He wants me to be the next linebacker to commit."

Finally, Bilal spent time with Irish head coach Brian Kelly.

"He emphasized how I needed to be urgent in my decision because spots are filling up fast and there are not a lot left a linebacker," Bilal said. "I'm still going to take my time and take my visits this summer, but there's a good chance I will commit somewhere before the season starts. I'm not sure right not, though."

Notre Dame was regarded to be in high standing with the in-state 'backer prior to his visit today. Now, where do the Irish stand in his eyes?

"You could say they are my leader," Bilal said. "Today was a big day and it was very informative. It was my second visit there and my family was involved."

Bilal will head to Northwestern tomorrow (Friday) and Michigan on June 20. He's also considering summer visits to Michigan State, Missouri, Texas A&M and Vanderbilt.

Bilal is ranked as a four-star linebacker and as the No. 10 outside linebacker in the class of 2015. Top Stories