Javin DeLaurier will get official visit season underway this weekend with his first trip.
Notre Dame is scheduled to host the four-star forward from Charlottesville, Va., after a summer during which the Irish staff tracked his every move on the adidas AAU circuit and beyond. Assistant Anthony Solomon, a Virginia native, has been spearheading the charge.
“I’m just looking forward to seeing the campus and experiencing Notre Dame,” Delaurier said. “They’ve asked me a lot of questions about my interest and what I wanna major in. I want to major in biology and go to pre-med, so they’re planning something along those lines. The Texas game coming up, I’m sure it’ll be a great atmosphere on Saturday.”
Delaurier noted Notre Dame’s effort throughout the summer.
Solomon was a regular at games, as was Mike Brey. Notre Dame’s head coach ramped up contact with Delaurier heading into the weekend. Brey has stressed how the 6-foot-8 prospect could fit into the Irish system.
“You try not to look at who is in the stands but when the same faces keep showing up over and over again it’s hard not to,” Delaurier said. “(Brey) is great. I have really good conversations with him over the phone and he has a great sense of humor. I can already tell he’s very competitive, which is big.”
Notre Dame gets first crack at Delaurier as others line up secure trips and in-home visits.
Delaurier will be at Texas next weekend and Stanford on Oct. 3 for official visits. Stanford, Arizona, North Carolina and Duke are all wrangling for in-home visits later this month. Stanford is expected in Charlottesville on Sept. 14, Arizona on Sept. 16 and North Carolina on Sept. 20.
More official visits are likely to be set as Delaurier compares and contrasts each contender. He has some basic criteria heading into each trip.
“Just how comfortable I feel at each school,” Delaurier said. “How I see myself fitting in there in terms of if I wasn’t playing basketball, do I see myself going there for four years just being a student.”
Right now the plan is to methodically make his way toward a commitment before the fall signing period.
But that’s not to say things couldn’t change. One successful visit could get Delaurier thinking commitment earlier than expected. Notre Dame wouldn’t mind if that happened in short order.
“It depends,” Delaurier said. “I’m not against committing right after or on a visit. But I would like to definitely see a lot of the schools.”