Irish drop in on Ulloa

Notre Dame offered three-star safety Chacho Ulloa during a visit to South Bend last month. On Thursday, the Irish visited Ulloa’s school to prove how important the Centennial High standout is to the program’s recruiting board.

Three-star safety Chacho Ulloa is among the fastest rising prospects in the nation.

The 6-foot, 190-pound safety from Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., holds nearly a two dozen scholarship offers, including the one he landed from Notre Dame during a campus visit in April.

On Thursday, Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Sanford visited Centennial High School to check in on Ulloa and teammate Javon McKinley, a four-star wide receiver targeted by the Irish.

“He left some camp brochures for Javon and Me,” Ulloa said. “I’m going to try and go up there with my coach. He’s going to be there on April 19 for a coaching thing. I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it yet. It all depends on what happens the next couple of weeks.”

Ulloa’s coach, Matt Logan, was invited to speak at Notre Dame’s coaching clinic.

“Everybody has been wanting coach Logan to talk,” Ulloa said. “He’s talked at many colleges before. I think that since they have interest in me and Javon he felt that he should go out there. I’m pretty sure he’s going to talk to the colleges about the game and everything because he’s a very sharp man. He’s going to share some great coaching points with the coaches everywhere.”

Notre Dame ranks highly with both Ulloa and McKinley.

“I love it,” Ulloa said. “Notre Dame, I think in Javon’s (recent interview) it said you either love it or hate it. He loved it and so did I. When I think about it it’s such a prestigious school in both school and football and it’s rich in history. If I was to go there I would love it but it just depends on my final decision on where I end up going, but I know they’re going to be in my top five.”

Ulloa believes the Irish are just as high on McKinley’s short list.

“He likes it,” Ulloa said. “He doesn’t really talk that much but I know he likes it. He’s going to try and go up there with coach Logan. I know he wants to go but it just depends on his mom and dad too. I know he likes it and they’re in his top five too.”

Several other college programs visited Centennial High on Wednesday for the school’s Senior Showcase. Notre Dame was expected to attend but Sanford had to change his schedule.

Ulloa believes he performed well for the coaches on hand.

“I know I could have done a lot better in the one-on-ones and everything but I know I did decent,” he said. “You can’t have good days all the time. The coaches that were there for me said they liked what they saw. That’s a good sign.”

For Ulloa, the recruiting process continues to intensify and he expects to see coaches from Florida at the school in the near future.

An offer from the Gators could alter his short list.

“My top four is out right now, it’s Michigan State, Arizona State, Notre Dame and Stanford,” he said. “In the next couple months it could change. It just depends on what happens and everything. I know the Florida Gators are going to come up and see me and hopefully offer me. I know they’ll be high on my list too because I’m trying to go to DB-U if you will.”

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