Kelly delivers strong message to Robertson

Four-star defensive end Auston Robertson called his one-on-one meeting with Brian Kelly the highlight of his Junior Day visit. The Fort Wayne product explains where Notre Dame stands with a June decision on deck.

One of the most pressing positions of need for the Irish this cycle is defensive end.

Notre Dame would love to land in-state, four-star pass-rusher Auston Robertson, and head coach Brian Kelly made that evident in their meeting Saturday morning.

“It was really cool there today,” Robertson said. “I got to talk to coach Kelly one-on-one. It was our first time really talking, and it’s nice we are beginning to build that relationship. He told me that Notre Dame hasn’t had a pass-rushing defensive end that can get to the quarterback like me in 30 years.”

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect of Fort Wayne (Ind.) Wayne met with new Irish defensive line coach Keith Gilmore for the first time.

“I got to talk to him a little bit but not a lot,” Robertson said. “He asked a lot about my home life and was just trying to get a feel for me. He gave me his phone number, and I’m going to call him later. It’s nice to get that relationship started.”

Robertson also spent time with his primary recruiter, Mike Elston.

“Elston is my guy,” Robertson said. “He was telling me how great of a place Notre Dame is.”

Robertson will announce his commitment on June 7.

Michigan State, Notre Dame and Ohio State make up his top three.

“I feel like this visit gave me a better feeling for Notre Dame because I was iffy at first about it,” Robertson said. “They showed me a lot of stuff with the academics, and it was nice talking to all the coaches and hearing what they had to say and what they thought of me.”

Robertson will head to Nebraska next week, Ohio State on April 11 and Michigan State on April 18.


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