T.J. Brunson is still trying to figure out the coincidence of it all.
Around two weeks ago the three-star linebacker from Columbia, S.C., got to talking about college football with his father. Their conversation drifted to Notre Dame. Minutes later, Brunson received a direct message on Twitter from Irish director of player personnel Dave Peloquin.
Brunson, a Louisville commitment since mid-July, could hardly believe the turn of events.
“He messaged me on Twitter I think it was two Sundays ago,” Brunson said. “He said he saw my film and really liked it. He wanted to show it to the staff and let them see it and stuff. He said they were in the middle of camp and around the same time they started two-a-days. That was it until I got the letter (Tuesday) to see them for the opening game.”
Brunson plans to take up the Irish on their invitation. He and his father are in the process of putting together an unofficial visit to campus for the Texas game. Once on campus, Brunson hopes to learn more about potential next steps for both parties.
His father might be even more intrigued than the prospect.
“He was pretty much speechless,” Brunson said. “He kept asking if I was serious. It’s sort of a big deal for us. My recruiting, it’s been treating me fine. It’s been treating me well. But when Notre Dame reaches out to you it’s a big deal, for me at least. I haven’t gone to any of the Rivals camps or any of the SPARQ combines or anything like that.”
During the coming months he plans to take a visit to Georgia Southern and attend a few South Carolina games. He plans to be at Louisville on Oct. 24 for its game against Boston College.
“I committed to Louisville for a reason,” Brunson said. “It’s different because I wasn’t one of those guys that went into my junior season with 20 offers already from a whole bunch of really big schools. I want to continue my recruiting, like seeing places. But right now other than the unofficial visits and seeing games and stuff, my recruiting is on the back seat because I’m committed to Louisville. I won’t know anything else until after the season or later down the road during the season.”
Brunson expects coaches at some of his games and he plans to put out new film early in the season. New scholarship offers could change his recruitment.
“I know my senior year is gonna be a lot better,” Brunson said. “It’s just I have a different mentality toward playing. You have all these schools coming out and it just makes you want to play harder. I hope they just see that I have room to fill out and grow. I’m 17. I hope they just see a potential and that I could potentially fit their schemes and things like that.”