Isaiah Robertson wondered about his first visit to Notre Dame.
Game invitations had been rolling in for most of the fall before Robertson, a four-star junior wide receiver from Naperville, Ill., could get on campus. He came last weekend to watch the Irish play USC and found the hospitality started upon arrival.
“One of the parts I really liked the most is when I walked up to the place they knew who I was right away,” Robertson said. “Usually you have to sign in and tell them who you are. But they came right out and knew who I was right away. They walked me into a huge auditorium room and I watched a video. We went to like a lounge area that was outside, but it was heated and everything. There were PlayStations, places you could put on jerseys and take pictures. The food was amazing.
“Everything just looked really first class. It was really, really nice.”
Robertson touched base with the support staff and Notre Dame cornerback commitment Julian Love, a fellow Chicagoland product. He joined Love and other prospects trailing the players on their walk from the football facilities into Notre Dame Stadium.
Some fans caught Robertson’s attention with their knowledge of recruiting.
“It was really cool seeing all the fans there, old and young,” he said. “They were taking part in the players coming in and there was a lot of energy. The fans were really excited to see them there and it was nice trailing behind them. After they were walking through, it was really cool. We were walking through and the fans were like, ‘Come to ND. This is the place for you guys.’ It was really cool.”
Robertson continued that behind-the-scenes experience by hanging out in the locker room post game as head coach Brian Kelly addressed the players after a 41-31 win.
“That was one of the best games I think I’ve ever seen,” Robertson said. “It was back and forth. It was a really hard game that Notre Dame was able to stick out and win. It was a lot of back and forth, a lot of ups and downs. When we were in the locker room coach Kelly kept saying how there was a lot of mental toughness on the side of Notre Dame because they were down like 10 and it was late in the game and USC was scoring. There was a lot of will and mental toughness that I saw.”
Whether Robertson will have a chance to join that locker room is something he hopes to learn in the future.
Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Toledo, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin have already offered scholarships. Robertson has also heard from Georgia, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue, among others.
Notre Dame hasn’t talked about an offer with the 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect, at least not yet.
“I’m definitely waiting to see what happens,” Robertson said. “I’m really interested in them and would love to form a relationship with them. It’d be really interesting to see what happens from here.”
Robertson doesn’t have any other visits scheduled as his regular season winds down. He’s helped Neuqua Valley High to a 6-2 record and playoff berth with the regular season finale coming this week.
“It’s nice to focus on recruiting and have it there,” Robertson said. “But at this time it’s really important to focus on your team because it’s the real crunch time of the season. We want to get things done and have to focus a lot during practice and stuff. Recruiting, during the playoffs I don’t know how it is because it’s the first time. But it’s OK, it’s pretty cool.”