Interest heating up with junior quarterback

Jairus Grissom has learned a lot about Notre Dame after a couple visits. Brian Kelly and Mike Sanford have maintained their interest in the junior quarterback from Dearborn Heights, Mich.

Two visits to campus inside a month taught Jairus Grissom plenty about Notre Dame.

Grissom, a junior quarterback from Dearborn Heights, Mich., made an abbreviated stop in South Bend for the season opener against Texas. He returned last weekend for the Georgia Tech game, which offered a more in-depth experience.

Head coach Brian Kelly touched base. Same goes for offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford. Those conversations proved a highlight.

“They said they’re glad they’re recruiting me as a quarterback,” Grissom said. “They said I’m high up on their recruiting list. Coach Kelly was telling me how when he was at Grand Valley State he could never find a quarterback to recruit in the area. He was talking about Robichaud (High School) and he said he was glad to have one to recruit in the 2017 class.”

Grissom also had more time to take in the game day atmosphere this time.

He joined the team and other recruits on the walk into Notre Dame Stadium. From there, they watched warmups from the sidelines before taking their seats just below the student section. 

“That really got me pumped,” Grissom said. “It was real live. The student section was real live. I was there by the student section and they were doing pushups in the crowd. The atmosphere was just great. It was intense the whole game.”

During the game, Grissom took stock of the offense and how it could fit his skill set down the road if the Irish offer.

Redshirt freshman quarterback DeShone Kizer ran the operation in his first start.

“The offense they run is kinda like the one I run in high school right now,” Grissom said. “I like the way the quarterback was playing. He saw when the corners were bailing off and coach Sanford recognized that from the sideline. They were playing good football.”

Sanford told Grissom the staff remains in evaluation mode on quarterbacks in the Class of 2017.

New scholarship offers have yet to go out with one-time target Hunter Johnson is off the board to Tennessee. But the Irish have positioned themselves to be a familiar program in Grissom’s recruitment if and when things progress to the next step.

Grissom hopes to visit again this season.

“It’s a great school,” he said. “They’re good with the academics part and help out the players. The lady that was walking us around on the tour, she said academics were good. They have a great football team. The school really likes the football program. The facilities were good. Everything was really great.”

Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Minnesota, N.C. State, Toledo and Wake Forest are among the offers already on the table. Grissom is hearing from Indiana, Pittsburgh and Michigan State as well.

He hopes to visit Indiana next. Michigan State has been increasing its contact over the last month.

“I’ve been talking to them a lot,” Grissom said. “I’ve been talking to coach (Brad) Salem. They said they really like how I’m playing from last year. They said I’m playing better and I’m really just maturing.”


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