Corley in for Irish Invasion

MACOMB, Mich. - Four-star receiver Donnie Corley will give Notre Dame another examination before cutting down the list of potential contenders. He’ll be back on campus for the Irish Invasion in hopes of getting to know the coaches and players a little better.

MACOMB, Mich. - Donnie Corley wants another look at Notre Dame before cutting his list.

Next week the four-star wide receiver from Detroit will return to South Bend for the Irish Invasion camp, making him one of the most high profile prospects on a lengthy visitors list. Corley sees it as an opportunity to familiarize himself more with the coaches.

“I’ve been up there a couple times already,” Corley said. “So the facilities and stuff, I already know. But just to get around coaches. I haven’t really met the new coaching staff that much. I want to get around them and develop a good relationship.”

Corley has been building a relationship with defensive line coach Keith Gilmore, who took over recruiting Michigan after being hired last winter.

Gilmore and associate head coach Mike Denbrock checked on Corley at King High School to kick off the recent spring evaluation period. Turns out Gilmore also has a connection to the 6-foot-2, 187-pound prospect through a family member.

When the visit comes Corley will likely be joined by his father.

“(Gilmore’s) grandson actually played at (Detroit) Cass (Tech),” Corley said. “I’ve got a good relationship with him. He seems like a great guy. I wanna get a chance to see him coach and stuff.”

Getting Corley back to campus is a boon for Notre Dame as he considers trimming down the list of contenders. Over the next two or three weeks Corley could bring it down to five or seven in advance of a decision before the season.

He said Michigan State and Tennessee are likely already assured a spot.

“They’re one of the early offers,” Corley said. “I’ve always loved both those schools growing up. The coaches are laid back. They don’t seem like they’re pressuring you or anything to commit.”

Corley is also looking to take more visits. Swinging by some programs in the South — he mentioned Auburn, Georgia, LSU and Florida State — is something he hopes to accomplish this summer.

“All the talk is the Southern schools are the best schools,” Corley said. “I want to get a chance to see and put it together, see what they’re all about.”

Getting out to see places farther from home isn’t necessarily a sign Corley is trending out of the Midwest. Or even out of his home state.

“I’ve been to Michigan and Michigan State numerous times,” he said. “It’s not that I’m not wanting to go there. I just want to see something new.”

Either way, a clearer picture will take shape soon.

“It should be like two or three weeks I should narrow it down to probably like seven or five schools,” Corley said. “Probably right before the season starts I’ll commit.” Top Stories