Notre Dame defensive backs coach Todd Lyght visited some of the top talent in Arizona last week at Saguaro, the Scottsdale program that’s recently produced former Irish targets wide receiver Christian Kirk and defensive back Byron Murphy.
Next up is three-star safety K.J. Jarrell, who picked up an Irish offer via Lyght.
“I haven’t had that much communication with them, but (Lyght) came to my school on Thursday,” Jarrell said. “My coach told me call him after school, and that’s when I was offered.
“(Lyght) said he enjoys watching me play and really likes film. He wants me to come out to camp this summer, and he said they’re serious about athletes they offer.”
The 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety also has offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Colorado, Hawaii, Louisville, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Oregon State, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.
Notre Dame is relatively new on Jarrell’s radar.
“I don’t know too much at this point, but I know it’s a private school,” Jarrell said. “It’s prestigious if you can get in there, and I feel blessed to get offered.”
So far in his recruitment Jarrell has visited in-state programs Arizona and Arizona State as well as UCLA.
“I don’t know yet if I’ll visit Notre Dame,” Jarrell said. “I haven’t decided, but it’s something I’ll talk to my parents about.”
As a junior, Jarrell had 56 tackles and one interception in 10 games in helping Saguaro win a Class 4A state championship.
“Fit with the program, being comfortable with the coaches and the location,” said Jarrell, when asked what factors will play a role in his decision. “Not necessarily a specific location, but just somewhere I feel comfortable.”