Donnie Corley headed home after The Opening Regional outside Chicago having accomplished his primary goal.
After camp ended the four-star wide receiver from King High School in Detroit grabbed a coveted invitation to The Opening Finals later this summer. He’ll be joined by dozens of other elite football prospects on the NIKE campus, including four-star teammate LaVert Hill.
Both players also received invitations to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
“It’s amazing to get invited to The Opening,” Corley said. “Not a lot of people can say they did that. It’s a good achievement.”
Adding those offseason accolades enhances a reputation only growing with the spring evaluation period now well under way.
Corley added Alabama and USC offers recently to a list that already included Arizona State, Arkansas, Georgia, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wisconsin, among others.
Notre Dame made Corley one of its first visits last week when associate head coach Mike Denbrock and defensive line coach Keith Gilmore, the area recruiter, visited school.
“Coach Denbrock and coach Gilmore actually came to the school and talked to my coach,” Corley said. “I called them after they left. We had a good conversation about getting back down there and maybe even camping at the camp they’re having. That’s pretty much it.”
Corley is considering a return visit for Irish Invasion next month. Either way, the Irish have been keeping themselves in play as the field grows more competitive.
“Really just the education part of it,” Corley said. “Having a Notre Dame degree is amazing. And then they have some great facilities and a great coaching staff. I love it.”
Corley had been working with a top five in recent weeks but scratched that after Alabama and USC offered. Instead he’s looking at some potentially new and return visits to gather more information.
Four-star linebacker Daelin Hayes, a friend and USC commitment, wants to get Corley to Los Angeles for a visit.
“Definitely wanna get back to Tennessee,” Corley said. “My whole family lives down there. It’s a nice place. And then I just thought about USC. Daelin is committed there, so we were talking about getting out there just to visit and stuff like that. Those are probably the two schools I wanna get back to soon.”
Corley doesn’t plan to factor distance but will be looking at depth charts and some other factors.
“Really I’m just going to try and nail down depth charts and stuff like that just to see,” he said. “Like Michigan State is losing a lot of receivers. That’s kinda good for me and two of my teammates are already up there. So just like the depth charts and stuff.”
How long it will take to gather more information and use it to make a verbal commitment remains an open question. Corley could stretch things into the fall for some official visits.
“I wanna take my official visits but I want to get it over with,” Corley said. “I don’t know. I’m kinda lost right now.”