Top junior nearly commits

Junior athlete Tyrell Ajian returned to South Bend for Notre Dame’s opener against Texas. He wasn’t disappointed with what he saw out of the Irish, on and off the field.

Notre Dame’s 38-3 win over Texas on Saturday night spoke loudly and clearly to visiting prospects.

It even tempted junior athlete Tyrell Ajian to end the recruiting process.

“It’s a thought, but I’m not sure yet,” said Ajian, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder from Mansfield, Ohio. “The atmosphere was electrifying, loud and exciting. I love it.”

Ajian, who is being recruited by Notre Dame as an athlete/slot receiver, visited South Bend over the summer to showcase his skills at the the Irish Invasion. He returned to experience the game day environment and to get an up close look at the Irish offense.

He wasn’t disappointed as the Notre Dame racked up 527 yards of offense and seven different wide receivers caught passes.

“The best part of the trip was talking to coach (Brian) Kelly,” Ajian said. “He’s a great coach to speak to. I talked to coach Kelly and coach (Mike) Elston and they just talked to me and told me where I’d fit at.”

After seeing the Irish in action, Ajian believes he’d be a perfect fit in South Bend.

“I loved it,” he said. “I think it would fit me good.”

Ajian also is considering Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska. He will visit Michigan State next weekend for the Spartans game against Oregon. From that group only Notre Dame has offered.

On Friday, Ajian led Mansfield High to a 21-6 win over River Valley.

He caught touchdown passes of eight and 41 yards. He also returned an interception 42 yards for another score.

In two games he has two interceptions and three touchdowns for the Rams, who improved to 1-1.


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