Okeke next for the Irish?

Three-star safety Ikenna Okeke nearly committed to Notre Dame during a summer visit. He hasn’t ruled out a commitment during his official visit, which kicks off this weekend.

Notre Dame nearly added three-star safety Ikenna Okeke to its recruiting class last summer when the 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete hit the Irish Invasion.

Okeke held off on ending the recruiting process so he could check out a couple of other schools, namely Stanford. He has yet to visit Palo Alto but that might not stop him from pledging to the Irish this weekend during an official visit.

“It’s still up in the air,” Okeke said. “In my head I’m ready to get this process over with. I just want to see what everybody offers, but there’s actually a good chance. I love Notre Dame.”

Notre Dame’s coaching staff made quite an impression during that summer visit and Okeke felt at home in South Bend.

“They’re really high on my list,” he said of the Irish. “When I went out there last time I just loved the campus and got a good feel for it. I definitely wanted to come back for an official.”

Okeke, his parents and brother Nick, a 2017 prospect, will drive from Smyrna, Tenn., to South Bend early Saturday morning. The family is scheduled to depart late on Sunday afternoon.

“I really want to get up there and check it out and reevaluate it,” Okeke said. “I loved it the first time and now this time it’s better for me that I get to see a game environment.”

Okeke hasn’t ruled out an official visit to Stanford but the only other scheduled trip is a stop at Penn State in November.

He also has a few other schools still in the running for his services.

“I may still visit Stanford. It’s still up in the air,” he said. “There are a few others I’m focusing on and I still consider myself open, but I’m really just focusing on a few schools.

That group includes Notre Dame, Stanford, Penn State, Louisville and Tennessee.


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