Saiid Adebo knows enough about Notre Dame to get on a flight this weekend.
Doing so will give the four-star athlete from Mansfield, Texas, a closer look at one of the programs that wants him most. Adebo already has a clue about the history and academics in South Bend. He wants to go more in-depth during at Junior Day this weekend.
“They’ve got a winning tradition and great academics,” Adebo said. “It’s like the best of both worlds. I want to check out the facilities and meet the coaches, see how they practice and stuff like that.”
Until now Adebo has spent most of his recruitment dealing with regional programs.
Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas A&M are among those that got visits. Adebo plans to see Baylor again soon and hopes to add a trip to Duke, another program keeping in regular contact.
Offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, the area recruiter, has made sure Notre Dame intrigued Adebo enough to get him on campus this spring.
“I’ve been talking to coach Sanford the most,” Adebo said. “It’s been about a month and a half, two months. He came by back during the season, so we’ve been staying in contact. He’s pretty cool.”
Sanford envisions the 6-foot-1, 177-pound prospect as a future defensive back. Adebo has heard offense and defense in terms of where other programs project him in college.
“I’m hearing pretty even,” Adebo said. “Some schools specify where they want me but for the most part it’s either way.”
While those programs continue to assess Adebo, he’s doing the same in terms of potential fit.
Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Duke, Kansas, Missouri, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU and Texas Tech are among the scholarship offers. Adebo is looking at winning tradition, academics and graduation rate but not necessarily distance.
Being close to home is secondary to finding the right landing spot.
“I’m not trying to settle for staying in state or anything like that,” Adebo said. “I’m just trying to find the right school. If that’s in state or out of state, it doesn’t really matter.”