Notre Dame hosted four-star duo Austin Mack and Auston Robertson for three hours on Friday, the Irish program’s final shot to impress the receiver and defensive end from Fort Wayne before their scheduled commitment announcements on June 7.
Head coach Brian Kelly led Notre Dame’s charge, along with area recruiter Mike Elston.
“We got there around 11 a.m. and stayed until 2 p.m.,” Mack said. “When we got there we met up with coach Kelly and coach Elston and hit up Brothers for lunch and Drue (Tranquill) was there. It went pretty good.”
Following lunch, Mack and Robertson were split up for individualized attention.
“After lunch, I saw the 3D version of the Campus Crossroads Project, which was pretty cool,” Mack said. “It looks like they are making a lot of improvements, and it’s going to be legit.”
While Mack toured Notre Dame’s vision for facility upgrades, Robertson was given an in-depth tour of the system in place for the student-athlete on the academic side.
“They reassured me that they have a lot of support for every athlete, and they told me there is no need to be scared that it’s a hard school,” Robertson said. “They showed me on the computer their 97 percent graduation rate for the football team and broke it all down for me. They said they have a lot of help for you.”
Robertson will announce among a top three of Michigan, Michigan State and Notre Dame. Entering Friday, Michigan State was considered the team to beat; however, Notre Dame closed the gap with a strong visit. The question is if it was enough to overtake the Spartans, who are currently making national headlines on the recruiting trail.
“All the stuff they showed me definitely helped Notre Dame,” Robertson said. “I haven’t made my mind up yet.”
Prior to their decision, Mack and Robertson will take a final recruiting visit Michigan on Saturday.
Mack is ranked as the No. 17 wide receiver in the Class of 2016, and Robertson is ranked as the No. 9 defensive end.