Notre Dame will host three-star linebacker/safety Aaron Hansford this weekend.
The 6-foot-3, 207-pounder from St. John’s College High School in Washington D.C., and his parents will arrive in South Bend on Friday to kick off his official visit at the school.
“We have a bye week so I’m flying out on Friday,” Hansford said. “I think my mom and my dad will be making the trip with me. I think my dad’s flying out but I don’t think my mom is. She’s driving out.”
Hanford visited Michigan State last weekend for the Spartans’ win over Oregon. He’s looking forward to his first look at Notre Dame.
“None of us have really been up there before so we’re just kind of going to take it all in,” he said.
The Irish offered Hansford in June and assistant coaches Scott Booker and Keith Gilmore have remained in close contact ever since.
Notre Dame believes Hansford could be a good fit at multiple positions.
“I know they want me at outside linebacker or safety,” Hansford said. “I’ve been in contact with coach Booker and I’ll be in touch with coach Gilmore before I leave. Coach Booker was just checking up on me and stuff like that.”
Hansford has a visit to Oregon scheduled later this month and hopes to make official visits to Florida and UCLA after the season.
Those aren’t the only schools in the running for Hansford.
“Those are just the five I’m going to visit,” he said. “There are some schools that I won’t take official visits to because I have taken so many unofficial visits like Penn State, Ohio State and some other schools. I just felt like I don’t need to take official visits to those schools.”
Hansford said he’s down to about 10 schools and hopes to make his decision in January.
St. John’s College High (2-1) suffered its first loss of the season last weekend. With a bye week, the Cadets will use that extra time to prepare for one of its biggest games of the season.
“We’re preparing for Good Counsel right now,” Hansford said. “That’s a big game.”
Hansford is splitting time between linebacker and safety on defense and he’s catching passes on offense. He caught four balls for 63 yards in a win over Spalding in Week 2.