Farrell plans to announce his college decision before his senior season at Perry High School in Ohio. With that in mind he returned to South Bend on Thursday to take one last look at the Irish before making his college choice.
“Overall it was a good visit,” he said. “I was pretty impressed with everything and glad I got to see everything.”
Last summer he attended the Irish Invasion and returned in the fall for a game. This visit gave him the opportunity to spend more one-on-one time with the coaching staff and to learn more about the academic side of the school.
“I’ve seen a lot of the football end of it so I got to see some academic stuff and met with people there and I got to talk to coach (Brian) Kelly a little bit,” Farrell said. “That was good. I talked to the tight ends coach too. I talked to him before when he came to the school a couple weeks ago and I got to talk to him again.”
The Irish coaching staff made sure Farrell knew their philosophy on recruiting.
“They talked about how they’re recruiting system works and how it may seem that I didn’t get an offer until a couple weeks ago but that’s just really the path they take with their recruiting, which I understand,” Farrell said. “They were telling me how I’d have to compete for a spot because there are some great tight ends that come to Notre Dame but there is a spot for me if I’m willing to take it.”
“I talked to two of the tight ends and I saw them work out and stuff,” he said. “They were just saying how it was a good atmosphere to be in with the type of guys that are there. There are a lot of high class guys who value education there. They really liked it.”
“It’s definitely up there with my top five that I have right now,” he said. “It’s not really in any order. Next week I’m going to start figuring out what fits me best.”
Farrell has already visited the other four schools on his short list and now will spend the next several weeks narrowing his options to just one.
Two-a-days begin on Aug. 1. Farrell hopes to have the decision made by then.
“Nothing set up right now,” he said. “I saw all the places I mentioned and saw everything I needed to. I want to decide before the season starts so maybe in early August; right around then.”
Scout.com ranks Farrell as the 154th best prospect in the nation and the No. 7 tight end.