Damian Alloway made his first trip to Notre Dame in July. He returned last weekend on an official visit to get clarity as his recruitment enters its homestretch.
“It was good, I saw what I needed to see and experienced what I hadn’t there before, which was the game and interacting with the players,” Alloway said. “The atmosphere was great, the fans have a lot of tradition, and it was cool seeing them get into the game. I was mainly watching Will Fuller and how he ran his routes.”
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound receiver out of Fontana (Calif.) Summit spent one-on-one time with head coach Brian Kelly and associate head coach Mike Denbrock.
“They told me that I have a spot and talked about how much they wanted me,” Alloway said. “They told me that I would fit perfectly in their offense. Amir Carlisle is graduating, so they think I can come and be that slot receiver that runs the ball too, and I’ll stretch the field with Will Fuller, who’s coming back next year.
“Coach Kelly stressed he wants me to play as soon as possible as a true freshman. He thinks I can make an impact right away.”
Freshman receiver C.J. Sanders of Sherman Oaks (Calif.) Notre Dame hosted Alloway on his visit.
“He was a really cool guy,” Alloway said. “He told me that it can be difficult at first adjusting to it up there coming from the California lifestyle but he’s really enjoying it there.”
Alloway named Notre Dame his leader following July’s visit and even contemplated a preseason commitment. But his wariness of leaving the West Coast prompted a delay in decision.
Three and a half months later and Alloway still isn’t quite ready to pull the trigger.
“For the most part I can see myself (at Notre Dame),” Alloway said. “I saw what I needed to see. I still have a lot of thinking to do.”
Notre Dame and UCLA are split “50-50” for Alloway, who is now eyeing a December decision.
“I am focused on our playoff run right now, so I will take my official to UCLA after the season,” Alloway said. “Then I’ll take a whole day probably just to think and not ask anybody any questions about their opinions. I’ll just think about what’s best for me and my future and where I fit in.”