Saiid Adebo used a Junior Day trip to Notre Dame as an introduction.
The four-star athlete from Mansfield, Texas, had never travelled so far for a college visit. Certainly it was a chance for the Irish to show off their program. It was also an opportunity for Adebo to go over the details closely.
One of those fine points happened during practice, where Adebo watched offensive coordinator Mike Sanford, the area recruiter, and defensive backs coach Todd Lyght do their work.
“I watched coach Sanford and then coach Lyght with the DBs,” Adebo said. “I talked to coach Lyght a little bit during the position meetings. He was just basically explaining to us how he’s been through the process, played at Notre Dame and played in the NFL. He’s been there and he knows what it takes to be good and things of that nature.”
Lyght likes Adebo as a cornerback prospect.
But it wasn’t just football the 6-foot-1, 177-pound wanted to consider. Adebo, who made the trip with his mother, paid particular attention to the academic presentations.
“It’s a prestigious academic school,” Adebo said. “You’re getting one of the better educations in the U.S. They had an academic presentation for us that they went through with different statistics and explaining what it is to be a student-athlete at Notre Dame.”
Adebo also took note on how freshmen are integrated into the university once they arrive. After the summer session, they don’t necessarily have roommates they already know.
Turns out Adebo saw this development as a positive.
“One unique thing is for the first year they actually have their players room with non-athletes,” he said. “That way they can establish different relationships with people outside the athletic department. I thought that was a pretty cool thing. They talked about the community service they do to try to get involved with the community and build more relationships. That was neat.”
Adebo departed Notre Dame with early plans to return, perhaps this fall.
Baylor is next in line to receive a visit. Adebo would like to see Oklahoma and Oklahoma State again. Arkansas, Colorado, Duke, Kansas, Missouri, Northwestern, SMU and Texas Tech are among the other scholarship offers.
Notre Dame succeeded in standing out from that crowd after one visit.
“I think they’re right up at the top if not the top,” Adebo said. “I’m definitely gonna try to get back up there again later on. Not sure when I’ll be able to do that but definitely gonna try, maybe an official visit. I’m not sure.”