Love connects with Lyght

Notre Dame put its best foot forward Tuesday with Chicagoland corner Julian Love during an unofficial visit, complete with attending the basketball game alongside new defensive backs coach Todd Lyght. Love plans to return next month for junior day.

Julian Love ran the gamut of experiences Tuesday during an unofficial visit to Notre Dame.

Both parents accompanied the cornerback from La Grange Park, Ill., for a daylong stay on campus that included an in-depth tour of the football facilities and meetings with most of the coaching staff. Love connected with fellow Chicagoland prospects already on the roster too.

“It was familiarizing myself with the coaches but it was also seeing the facilities,” Love said. “I met most of the players from Chicago like Micah Dew-Treadway and Nyles Morgan. I met up with some of them and walked through the locker room, met some more of the players. They really relate to me I felt like.

“I’ve never really been inside the Gug before. That was interesting. It was very, very nice.”

Love met just about all the coaching staff save Brian Kelly. Mike Elston and Mike Denbrock, the area recruiter, both checked in. So did defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

New defensive backs coach Todd Lyght put in the most work, spending the entire basketball game with Love and family. Love enjoyed talking football with the former All-Pro cornerback and Philadelphia Eagles assistant.

Lyght was a two-time All-American at Notre Dame and later a first round pick.

“It really meant something,” Love said. “He really praised me and said he loved my film. I really benefitted from just talking to him. He gave me some of his perspective of Notre Dame, which he loves and has so much school pride for.”

Love took note of the playing experience Lyght brings to the table.

“It makes me want to learn,” Love said. “Most prospects want to go to a college and just play right away but I’m excited to learn if I have the opportunity under coach Lyght because he’s obviously done it before. He’s been there before. I will learn and get experience from an experienced person.”

Next up for 6-foot-, 175-pound prospect are junior days at Indiana (March 7) and Illinois (March 14) before a return trip to South Bend on March 21.

Boston College, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Miami (Ohio), Northwestern and Western Michigan have already offered scholarships. Notre Dame could be close to joining that mix, perhaps when Love returns to town.

“They didn’t really say it out loud,” Love said. “But they want me to meet coach Kelly on the junior day. He left me a message saying he’s excited to meet me and that he couldn’t make it (Tuesday). That was kind of the feel, more toward junior day.” Top Stories