Scout 300 tight end Luke Farrell ranks among the top juniors at his position. The standout from Perry, Ohio claims offers from Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Penn State, Ohio State and Vanderbilt.
One program that has expressed interest but has yet to offer is Notre Dame.
"Notre Dame is probably the closest to offering," Farrell said. "I think they want to check out more film from this year before they offer, which I put up recently, so we'll see."
The 6-foot-6, 220-pound tight end visited Notre Dame last season for the Irish's win over North Carolina.
"I would put Notre Dame in my top group,” Farrell said. "I went to the North Carolina game this year. I thought it was great. The tradition and the players' walk were awesome. And, obviously, academically they are great. They're known as Tight End University because of how many they put in the league, so that's a plus as well. The coach I keep in touch with is [defensive graduate assistant and safeties coach] Kyle McCarthy. He's a cool guy and keeps me updated on things."
The Buckeyes are currently the team to beat in Farrell's recruitment.
"The Sugar Bowl validated my interest in Ohio State even more," Farrell said. "I grew up in Ohio, so I grew up liking them."
Academics and coaching staff rank atop Farrell’s list of criteria in a future school.
"I'm interested in the academics and I really want to connect with the coaching staff and see that there's good relationships among the players, too," he said.
Currently, no junior day visits are on the docket.
Farrell is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 2 tight end in the Midwest and No. 13 tight end in the class of 2016.