Irish join mix for Lyke

Kenney Lyke remained patient with Notre Dame, even as the Irish debated an offer. That stance was rewarded Sunday when associate head coach Mike Denbrock reached out to the four-star safety with some good news.

All it took was a little patience for Kenney Lyke to add a Notre Dame offer.

Lyke, a four-star safety from Palatine, Ill., visited twice this spring without landing a scholarship. Irish coaches wanted to continue their evaluation and did so last week when associate head coach Mike Denbrock visited Fremd High School.

Denbrock followed up by getting in contact with Lyke on Sunday after The Opening regional in nearby Addison, Ill., to deliver some good news.

“He just congratulated me not only on the offer but also on me being patient with the process with them,” Lyke said. “They told me from the start they wanted to see me in man coverage. When I was there I was kinda upset that I left with no offer. But they followed through with what they had to say and I did what I had to do with them to see me in man coverage.”

Baylor, Illinois, Iowa, Iowa State, Maryland, Michigan State, Nebraska, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Syracuse and Wisconsin are among the other offers Lyke is considering.

Last week the 6-foot-2, 185-pound prospect released a top five with Michigan State, Baylor, Oregon, TCU and Ohio State as standouts. TCU and Oregon have yet to offer. Notre Dame is likely to shake up that lead pack in some way.

“It means a lot,” Lyke said. “I’m gonna probably reevaluate my list this week, sometime soon. Definitely going to get out there to Notre Dame one of these weekends when I don’t have a track meet.”

Penn State, Ohio State, Purdue, Illinois and Nebraska were among the programs to visit Fremd last week as the spring evaluation period got started.

Lyke plans to take a closer look at the potential contenders and new scholarship offers during the next month before making the visit rounds.

“June is gonna be a really, really important month for me,” Lyke said. “I’m gonna get to a lot of places I haven’t seen yet. I’m gonna go down to Texas, see Baylor and TCU. Fly out to Cali over there, see Oregon while I’m out there. I’ll also get back to Michigan State, out to Penn State and back up to Ohio State.”

June will be an information gathering month in advance of announcing a commitment if all goes to plan.

“I’m gonna go with the five and see who’s added and who drops out,” Lyke said. “Then just go from there. I was thinking middle of June, end of June, something like that. So if I can get my visits done, sometime in June.”

 


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