Notre Dame hopes to close its recruiting class with a few of the nation’s top uncommitted prospects, but the Irish haven’t forgotten the talent already on board.
Head coach Brian Kelly and assistant Scott Booker spent Wednesday night with Jalen Elliott, the 6-foot-1, 185-pound safety who committed during the Irish Invasion last summer.
Before going in-home, Kelly and Booker visited L.C. Bird High School to meet with Elliott’s coach. A Notre Dame fan section quickly assembled.
“There were a couple people at our school that really idolized coach Kelly and wanted to meet him and talk to him so they stopped by,” Elliott said. “We had some dinner and talked about different things. We ate at the house. My mom did it up really nice for them. They enjoyed the food and we talked.”
That conversation focused on Elliott’s role and expectations for him on and off the field.
“They talked about me coming in as a freshman and getting an opportunity to come in and compete at the safety position,” he said. “We talked about some things outside of football like the academic life. He really made a push to let us know how important the academics were. He said we have to go in looking at it like the students there are five-star academic students there and we’re more like one-stars. We just have to have the same drive and determination like we do on the football field in the classroom as well, just pushing to make that transition from high school to college.”
Elliott’s final in-home visit with Notre Dame will come next week when defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder and defensive backs coach Todd Lyght review the specifics of signing a National Letter of Intent. That figures to be the last time Elliott has in-person contact with the Irish coaching staff until the Blue-Gold Game on April 16, when the safety and his family plan to be back in South Bend.
“We’ll have a good time out there together and make the best of it,” he said.
Elliott continues to stay in touch with his future teammates and he’s doing his best to help the Irish cause.
“I’ve been in touch with all the commits. We have a group message so we stay in touch and the dudes that are already there we talk about the experience and what we have to look forward to,” he said. “I’ve also been talking to Demetris Robertson trying to get him on board and some of the top linebackers in the country like Ben Davis. I’ve been talking to them to see what they’re feeling. I understand how it was as a recruit to have everybody in your ear all the time so I stay away from that, but I do talk to them to make sure they’re feeling good about Notre Dame.”