Irish make a move for Corley

Before Donnie Corley’s visit to Notre Dame, the Irish weren’t much of a contender for the four-star wide receiver. But Saturday changed that.

A last-minute decision by wide receiver Donnie Corley to visit Notre Dame on Saturday proved worthwhile for the Detroit (Mich.) King four-star.

“Notre Dame definitely moved up the list for me after this visit,” Corley said. “They are now one of my favorite schools. I don’t really have a top five anymore, but Notre Dame is high on my list now.”

After contemplating a decision prior to the start of the season, Corley now plans to take official visits. He named a handful of schools that he’s considering.

Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Georgia, Ohio State and West Virginia,” Corley said.  

The 6-foot-2, 187-pound athlete has one official visit scheduled, and that’s to Michigan State next weekend when the Spartans play Oregon in East Lansing.

He plans to return to Notre Dame next month.

“I will most definitely get back there for the USC game in October,” Corley said. “It’s the tradition and academics of Notre Dame. Academically, it’s tough to compete with them. And the atmosphere I saw last night was big.”

Prior to kickoff Corley spoke with members of the Notre Dame staff.

“I talked to them some before the game,” Corley said. “They said they’ll always recruit me and want me. I talked to coach (Keith) Gilmore, coach (Mike) Denbrock and a couple other of the coaches.”

Joining Corley from his home state of Michigan were linebacker Daelin Hayes and 2017 defensive backs Ambry Thomas and Jaylen Kelly-Powell.

“It made it feel like home with the other Michigan guys there last night,” Corley said. “It’s nice to know that Notre Dame is recruiting guys from my area.”

Notre Dame’s decisive 38-3 victory over Texas caught the attention of Corley, who had his eye on Notre Dame’s best receiver.

Will Fuller made some great plays,” Corley said. “He had two touchdowns that were really long, actually. So that was good to see. It was a really good win early on in the season for Notre Dame. They’ve got a great team and they showed that last night.”

Corley finished his junior campaign with 47 catches for 1,087 yards and 18 touchdowns. He had nine interceptions as a cornerback. Top Stories