Notre Dame offered the nation’s fourth-ranked cornerback on Tuesday morning.
Four-star Thomas Graham of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) spoke with Irish offensive coordinator Mike Sanford.
“This morning on Twitter coach Sanford told me to call him,” Graham said. “I did, and he told me that Notre Dame wanted to offer me. He said that he finally had the chance to show my film to the defensive coordinator, and the coaches had a meeting and they all liked what they saw.
“They liked my speed, athleticism, and they said they were going to start recruiting skill players in my area more because they think there’s a lot of good talent out here.”
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect wasted no time setting up a visit to South Bend for the March 19 recruiting weekend.
“My dad was asking me what Junior Day trips I wanted to take, and Notre Dame was one of the ones I told him,” Graham said. “He said that Notre Dame would be a good one to take, so we are going out there.
“The biggest thing about Notre Dame is the tradition. It’s very strong.”
Graham is also familiar with Notre Dame wide receiver signee Javon McKinley.
“I know him from playing in seven-on-seven, and when I went to Roosevelt the first two years of high school, his school was in our league,” Graham said.
USC is the only other Junior Day currently on Graham’s schedule, but other programs, including Arizona, Oklahoma and UCLA are working to get him on campus this spring.
Graham committed to USC last summer, but he opened his recruitment back up a bit in January.
“I would consider myself a soft verbal,” Graham said. “My family and I think that official visits are going to be key. Academics are also very important.”
Another facet that will play a factor in Graham’s recruitment is four-star running back Stephen Carr, who is also considered a soft verbal to the Trojans.
“We want to play together in college,” Graham said.
Notre Dame offered Carr, the No. 2 ranked running back in the Class of 2017, on signing day.