Top Ohio junior in for Invasion

Notre Dame had seen enough of junior Tyrell Ajian to offer the 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete last weekend. On Friday night the Irish will see even more of Ajian when he attends the Irish Invasion. Notre Dame is battling Michigan and Ohio State for his attention.

Mansfield, Ohio junior safety Tyrell Ajian grew up following Ohio State but early offers from Michigan and Notre Dame could challenge his Buckeye pride.

The Wolverines offered in March and the Irish made their bid for Ajian on Sunday.

“I talked to coach (Mike) Elston and he said they liked me on film and like what my coaches had to say about me,” said Ajian, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder. “I feel great about the offer. It’s such a great school.”

Cincinnati, Miami (Ohio), Tennessee and Toledo have also offered while Ohio State and Michigan State could be close.

Ajian will make his first trip to South Bend on Friday when he participates in the Irish Invasion.

“I want to improve and do the best I can in all the events,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being on the campus and meeting some coaches.”

Ajian has already visited Toledo, Michigan, Ohio State and Michigan State. He doesn’t have any other visits on his summer schedule.

Early in the recruiting process, three schools have caught Ajian’s attention.

“Schools sticking out too me are Notre Dame, Ohio State and Michigan State,” he said. “(It’s) just the schools in general, academics and tradition with football.”

As a sophomore, Ajian picked off five passes and also played wide receiver, Wildcat quarterback and returned punts and kickoffs.

He believes his speed and athleticism are among his best attributes.

“I think I play fast and aggressive,” he said. “I can play the ball in the air well and keep my composure.”

Ajian will arrive in South Bend on Friday and is scheduled to depart the following morning. Top Stories