In the past five days, Concord (N.C.) athlete Hamsah Nasirildeen has added offers from Florida, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, Tennessee and West Virginia.
The Irish offered Wednesday during a phone call between Nasilrildeen and the coaching staff.
“We were having some contact, but it’s still a big deal that (the offer) ended up happening,” Nasilrildeen said. “I called one of their coaches, and he told me he loves the way I play and how many different things I can do on the field.”
The storied history of Notre Dame football stands out most to Nasilrildeen.
“Notre Dame has got rich football tradition and they put out big time players,” Nasilrildeen said.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound athlete says he doesn’t have a list of favorites, but two offers he hopes to add are Alabama and Florida State.
In recent weeks, Nasilrildeen has visited South Carolina and N.C. State, the two programs he named as recruiting him hardest. A visit to Florida State is planned for this weekend.
“Absolutely,” Nasilrildeen said when asked if a Notre Dame visit is likely to occur in the future. “I haven’t planned out all of my visits, but I know I want to see Notre Dame.”
As a junior, Nasilrildeen recorded 85 tackles, six interceptions and two forced fumbles. On offense, he posted 595 yards and five touchdowns while helping lead Concord to the North Carolina 3A state semifinals.
“I tackle well in the open field on defense, and I catch the ball at the highest point on offense,” Nasilrildeen said. “I always play aggressive.”
Notre Dame is recruiting Nasilrildeen primarily as a safety, but schools vary in their projections. He’s also hearing athlete, wide receiver and linebacker from his various programs.
“I like being able to play free (safety) the most because I like being able to sit back and see everything in front of me,” Nasilrildeen said.
Nailrildeen doesn’t have a timeline for a decision.
“When the time comes and I feel that it’s right, I’ll commit,” Nasilrildeen said. “I don’t have a certain time when that’s going to be. I want to find a place that feels like home and where I’m comfortable with the coaching staff and the facilities. And I want a school that really wins.”