ND in top three for Ulloa

Chacho Ulloa has Notre Dame in his top three after returning for the Irish Invasion. He already has an official set for fall.

Defensive back Chacho Ulloa got an in-depth look at Notre Dame during the Irish Invasion. The California athlete liked what he saw.

“It was a really good visit,” Ulloa said. “It was my first time seeing the Golden Dome and Touchdown Jesus close up. Last time, it was an in and out visit, so I only saw campus from afar.  This time I really got to see everything, and it was awesome.”

Ulloa spent quality time with multiple members of the staff during his visit.

“Coach (Todd) Lyght and coach (Brian) VanGorder told me what they are thinking for me at safety,” Ulloa said. “They think I would be a really good fit in their scheme. The coaches are really cool, like I played ping-pong with coach (Mike) Sanford and pool with (defensive graduate assistant) Mo Crum.”  

Last month, Ulloa released a top five of Arizona State, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Stanford and Vanderbilt, but he admits there are three that have separated themselves even further.

“I will really be looking at Notre Dame, Stanford and Arizona State,” Ulloa said. “Those are my top.”

As for Notre Dame, a variety of factors have put the Irish near the front.

“Academics are some of the best,” Ulloa said. “No one can compete with them there except for Stanford. They’re high on football, too. The way they coach is actually my favorite thing. I like how they get you ready for the next level. Coach Lyght was talking about footwork and technique, and I knew exactly what he was talking about. He explains everything really well and not every coach can do that. I know he could get me NFL-ready.”

Ulloa was offered on his first visit to Notre Dame in April. He will see Notre Dame for a third time when he visits as an official visitor on Oct. 17, the weekend Notre Dame plays USC.

“I want to see the way the coaches coach their own players,” Ulloa said. “When they play against USC, I want to see how they react to game situations, whether it’s good or bad, and how they respond to pressure.”

Ulloa will visit USC next week. He will visit Arizona State and Stanford in July.

Ulloa is a three-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 31 safety in the Class of 2016.


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