Clifford set for ND return

Sean Clifford has visited Notre Dame several times before, but Saturday the sophomore quarterback will make his first recruiting stop at the school. Clifford holds two offers and hopes to land one from the Irish.

Sophomore quarterback Sean Clifford has attended several Notre Dame football games as a fan, but on Saturday he’ll make his first recruiting visit to the school.

Clifford, a 6-foot-3, 200-pounder from St. Xavier High School in Cincinnati, began hearing from Irish assistant coach Mike Elston about three months ago and now the two will meet face to face.

“I just started talking to coach Elston about three weeks ago, so it’s a new relationship. We’re still trying to build it,” Clifford said. “He said he watched my film and he wants to meet me in person and then eventually see me throw at a camp and go from there.”

During this visit, Clifford hopes to learn more about the University and its football program.

“I really enjoy Notre Dame,” he said. “I just want to see it as a football player and not just as a fan. I want to get up there and meet the coaches and everything.”

Pittsburgh and Akron have already offered. Clifford has heard from Michigan State, Louisville, Penn State, Missouri, Virginia and several other college programs.

He visited Toledo during the winter and hopes to see several more schools during the off-season when he can attend a few college camps.

“I’m going to hit it hard in the summer but I haven’t finalized my schedule yet,” he said. “I’m still trying to figure out who is interested and who is not. It will be based on whoever comes to the school when the evaluation period is up and running.”

Akron offered Clifford after his freshman season.

“I went to their camp,” he said. “I knew the coach a little bit before and I got to know him on an unofficial visit. I got to throw for him and I guess she liked what he saw.”

Pittsburgh had been recruiting Clifford for several months before pulling the trigger on an offer during a March visit.

As a sophomore, Clifford completed 73-of-128 passes for 832 yards and nine touchdowns in nine games. He also rushed for 314 yards and two scores.

“I think that I throw well out of the pocket but I also can run, which gives me kind of a dual-threat look,” Clifford said. “I enjoy making plays and running the offense and being the leader of the team.”


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