Utah commit enjoys Irish visit

On Monday, Notre Dame hosted Utes commit Micah Croom, three-star safety of La Mirada (Calif.) High.

La Mirada (Calif.) High three-star safety Micah Croom took advantage of a trip to the Midwest for the Chicago Adidas Showcase last weekend by scheduling stops at Eastern Michigan, Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Purdue and Western Michigan.

On Monday, the Utah commit took in Notre Dame for the first time.

“I had been in contact with coach (Bob) Elliott and coach (Mike) Denbrock, and they told me try to come by if I was going to be in the area,” Croom said. “I’m really glad I did because I’m very interested in Notre Dame.”

Croom arrived at 7:30 a.m. Monday, in time to view Notre Dame’s spring practice.

“Practice was awesome, and after it I got to talk with coach Elliott,” Croom said. “He explained to me that Notre Dame has a really big need at safety. Max Redfield is going to be a junior, and if he has a good year, then he’s going to the NFL. Basically all the other safeties they have were linebackers that they had to convert to safeties because they didn’t have enough. So it was great to hear there is a need there.”

Croom said he was unable to meet Brian Kelly and Denbrock in person due to staff meetings following practice.

Croom was shown around campus by new Irish recruiting assistant, Aaryn Kearney, who comes to Notre Dame as the former director of recruiting operations at Nebraska.

“Aaryn showed us all of campus, and it was beautiful,” Croom said. “We saw the chapel, Touchdown Jesus, the equipment room and all of the facilities.”   

The 6-foot, 175-pound safety committed to Utah last November but is considering other options.

“I am open to being recruited,” Croom said. “I am meeting with college coaches right now and explaining to them that I’m serious about being recruited by other schools. That’s why taking visits are important right now.”

“I’m looking at it from the perspective of what can these schools offer me,” Croom said. “I’m laying it all out on the table with my family to figure it out.”

Croom tentatively plans to visit Stanford in April and says he may return to Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion in June.

Croom is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 45 safety in the class of 2016.

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