Chad Simmons

Scout 300 DB has Irish in top 5

Four-star safety A.J. Terrell breaks down his experience at Notre Dame’s Junior Day and reveals a top five that now includes the Irish. An official visit could be in the works.

Four-star defensive back A.J. Terrell added nearly 10 offers in February, including Alabama and Notre Dame on the same day.

The fast-rising product of Atlanta (Ga.) Westlake took in Notre Dame for the first time on Saturday for Junior Day.

“It’s a great campus,” Terrell said. “It was a long, good day. We got to see practice and see the facilities. We ate well, too. We had ribs, barbeque chicken and macaroni and cheese right by the stadium.”

Terrell spent time with Brian Kelly, Brian VanGorder and Todd Lyght.

“I talked to the DBs coach a lot. He’s a great coach. It was actually the first time talking to him, but he said he’s going to recruit me hard,” Terrell said. “I talked to coach (Brian) VanGorder, but we were just touching base because we had talked recently.

“Coach Kelly talked to me about how great the graduation rate is at Notre Dame and how Notre Dame is a great place. He said if I come there I have a good chance of playing as a freshman.”

The 6-foot-2, 171-pound prospect said wearing the blue and gold was his favorite part of the visit.

“Like always, it was trying on the uniforms,” Terrell said. “I didn’t get to put on the golden helmet, but I got to hold it. They told us they took gold from the golden dome to make it, which is real cool.”

Terrell is a long, athletic defensive back who can play safety or cornerback.

“I feel like I’m a good fit in their defense because they run a pro-style defense,” Terrell said. “They definitely like me as a cornerback.”

Notre Dame earned a spot in Terrell’s top five on Saturday.

“I would say they’re in my top five,” Terrell said. “Florida, South Carolina, Auburn and Alabama are my top five but not in order.”

Terrell has upcoming trips planned to Auburn and Tennessee as well as tentative plans to see Clemson and Florida.

A return visit to Notre Dame is expected to occur in the fall. 

“I’ll return to Notre Dame on an official visit, definitely,” Terrell said. Top Stories