Top sophomore adds Junior Day offer

Four-star sophomore cornerback Derrik Allen picked up an offer from Notre Dame on Saturday before leaving campus. The Georgia athlete recaps the experience and where Notre Dame stands on his list.

One of the Southeast’s top sophomores added a Notre Dame offer on Saturday while on campus for Junior Day.

Four-star cornerback Derrik Allen of Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter made his first trip to Notre Dame with his father. He’s one of fewer than 10 prospects in the Class of 2018 to hold Irish offers.

“I expected the offer, but it was my dad that had been talking to the coaching staff at Notre Dame,” Allen said. “Today was my first time talking to them. I got to meet coach (Brian) Kelly, coach (Brian) ‘V’ (VanGorder) and coach (Todd) Lyght.

“They said I have a lot of talent and they like the way I play physically wise.”

Notre Dame’s academic presentation and spring practice registered strongly with Allen, who holds offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Louisville, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

“It’s a strong academic program,” Allen said. “They have good facilities and it’s a program that will make you a better person at football and after it. Practice was pretty intense, especially at the end when were doing fourth down situations.”

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound athlete arrived Saturday morning and departed around 4 p.m. to catch a flight.

“We went to practice first thing, then had some academic meetings and then went back to practice before getting something to eat,” Allen said. “We had to cut it short because we had to catch an early flight.”

Allen grew up in North Carolina doesn’t have any favorites but added Clemson, Georgia and North Carolina are recruiting him the hardest.

A return trip to Notre Dame is up in the air.

“I’m really not sure,” Allen said. “I’m really in no rush right now.”


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