Jaelen Gill's wait for an offer from Notre Dame ended late Monday night.
The 6-foot, 175-pounder from South High School in Westerville, Ohio called Irish assistant coach Mike Elston and after a short discussion he landed his 18th offer.
“They contacted my head coach and he texted me and told me to call (Elston) at 10:30,” Gill said. “I talked to coach Elston and he was just telling me that he had the green light the whole time. He just had to make sure I was a good person and hard worker and everything and make sure it was right to offer me.”
Despite holding offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, USC and UCLA, among others, Gill was excited to pick up one from the Irish.
“I was happy,” he said. “I was waiting on Notre Dame for a while. It's a great school and I hear nothing but great things about them so I'm definitely excited about Notre Dame.”
Gill hopes to visit South Bend soon. That trip could happen as early as June when the Irish hold their elite football camp.
“They told me to stay in contact and try to get up on campus as much as possible so they can show me exactly how the school is, how campus life is and the academics and all that, just to give me a better understanding of what Notre Dame is like,” Gill said. “I'm definitely up for that. I have to talk to my family about (the Irish Invasion). It's something I'm open to. If I can get there I'll definitely be there.”
Gill has already visited a handful of top programs including Ohio State, Pittsburgh, USC, UCLA, Michigan and Michigan State.
While he has been impressed with what he’s seen from coast to coast, Gill doesn’t expect to identify any favorites for quite some time.
“Right now, because it's so early in the recruiting process, I'm just taking it in and enjoying and having fun with it,” he said. “As time goes on I'll start to keep things in mind and seeing how things would fit for me and how it fits my personality. I'll start to pay attention to it a little more. No commitment is coming anytime soon so it makes it easier on me.”
As a sophomore, Gill recorded more than 1,600 rushing yards and 330 receiving yards. He scored 19 touchdowns on the ground and three through the air.
His versatility keeps opponents off balance.
“I can play anywhere,” he said. “I don't think any teams can really get a good scouting report on me because one game I can play running back and they can prepare for me at running back and then I'll be at receiver the next game. I can play anywhere. I think that's a good thing because it makes me more of a dynamic player.”
Most college coaches project Gill as a running back at the next level, including Notre Dame, but some prefer him on defense.
“Most schools like me at running back and some like me at running back and slot, doing a little of both,” he said. “There are a couple that like me on offense, but they want me as a defensive back.”
Gill plans to attend The Opening Regional camp in Columbus next month.