Notre Dame hosted its top defensive tackle target on a multi-day visit last weekend.
And for Haskell Garrett, the nation’s second-ranked athlete at the position, the trip to the Midwest from Las Vegas resonated most off the field.
“The education,” Garrett said. “And I got to watch practice. It was up-tempo, and Notre Dame has a lot of just good guys around the program.”
The Bishop Gorman standout was high on Notre Dame before committing to Ohio State last month. The Irish offered last December.
Brian Kelly and multiple Irish assistants, including Brian VanGorder, Keith Gilmore and Todd Lyght spent time explaining to Garrett why he’s a wanted man in South Bend. If the Irish got Garrett, he’d follow Alize Jones and Nicco Fertitta into the program from Bishop Gorman.
“They basically told me what they had to offer and what kind of program they have at Notre Dame,” Garrett said. “They seemed liked great coaches.”
Following his time in South Bend, the 6-foot-3, 290-pound prospect headed to Columbus, which was his first time seeing the Ohio State campus in-person. He planned to stay there for the rest of the week.
When asked if Notre Dame opened his eyes to anything new, Garrett asserted his visit to Columbus had already solidified his verbal pledge to the Buckeyes even as it was just getting started.
“Not really,” said Garrett. “I’m kind of all Ohio State. Going into (the Notre Dame visit), I just kind wanted to see what else was out there, but after seeing both schools, I'm all Ohio State.”
Garrett added that Ohio State will be the only school he takes an official visit to in the fall.