Ambry Thomas expected Notre Dame to give him some good news.
Ohio State hosted the four-star junior cornerback from Detroit last weekend for an unofficial visit. But along the way Thomas heard from Irish defensive line coach Keith Gilmore, who recruits his area. Gilmore had a welcome update to deliver.
“I didn’t think they wanted me like that anymore,” Thomas said. “I was seeing them offer kids from Michigan or somewhere and I was like, ‘Where’s my offer?’ I settled back for a minute. I was kinda shocked. But then he hit me with the good news.”
Recruiting coordinator and linebackers coach Mike Elston had also been in touch.
“He watched my film,” Thomas said. “Every time on Twitter I would hit him up and I was like, ‘What’s up coach?’ I just started talking to him. He was like, ‘Yeah man, I need to get you an offer. I like your speed. You’ve got good length, good size. We could use you.’”
Notre Dame joined Arizona State, Arkansas, Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and Wisconsin in having offered.
Thomas visited South Bend earlier this season for the Texas game alongside Detroit King teammate Donnie Corley, a four-star wide receiver and fellow Irish target. They were also joined by four-star junior safety Jaylen Kelly-Powell, who also picked up an offer last weekend.
Game day at Notre Dame left Thomas impressed.
“I loved it,” he said. “Every time I go there I like it — the atmosphere, the coaches, the facilities. It’s not that big. I like that. I just like everything about Notre Dame, for real.”
Thomas has no plans to visit Notre Dame or any other program again currently, leaving Ohio State likely as the last unofficial visit until the season ends.
The Buckeyes beat Minnesota as Thomas watched from the stands.
“It’s crazy,” Thomas said of the environment. “It’s crazy. Coach (Kerry) Coombs was pumped up. He got his little DB corps pumped up and I was hanging out with them during the day.”
Once the season ends — King plays Detroit East English in the Michigan Division 2 quarterfinals Saturday — Thomas plans to kick the recruiting process back into gear. He wants to make several more visits with an eye toward cutting the list down.
Those cuts will likely begin with a top 15, Thomas said.
“I want to take a lot of trips,” Thomas said. “I’ve got a list. I’m gonna go visit some more SEC schools, some ACC schools, the in-state schools, Notre Dame and Ohio State.”