Robby Carmody didn’t expect the news his father delivered earlier this week.
In another room, Carmody’s dad had been on the phone with Mike Brey, one of the coaches that had been tracking his son during the spring live periods. Brey offered the four-star sophomore guard from Mars, Pa., a scholarship.
That wasn’t a shock on its own considering Carmody already had major suitors. But Carmody is the first prospect in the Class of 2018 to land an Irish offer.
“They called my dad (Tuesday) night,” Carmody said. “I was just sitting there watching TV and he came in and told me. I was pretty happy about it but very, very surprised because they don’t usually offer this early.”
Brey and his staff tracked Carmody with Ohio Basketball Club this spring on the adidas circuit.
Carmody added Notre Dame to a list of offers that includes Cincinnati, Duquesne, Louisville, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rice and Xavier.
Dayton, Florida and Stanford have also been expressing consistent interest.
Notre Dame is a new offer but not an unknown program to the 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect. Carmody has visited a couple times, most recently last season.
“I’ve been down twice,” Carmody said. “I saw them play Louisville. That was one of the louder games I’ve been too. Obviously, they have really good students and a bunch of people are always there. When I was there (Pat) Connaughton and Jerian Grant were back. It was cool to see how everyone reacted to them being there. It shows how close everyone is there.”
During the season, Carmody watched the Irish in person and on television as they made a run to the Elite Eight.
“I like how they play,” he said. “They’re one of my favorite teams to watch. Just how fast they play at all times pretty much, how hard they get at it on defense too.”
Carmody plans to visit Notre Dame again this offseason. He’s also targeting visits to Michigan, Purdue and Penn State plus perhaps a trek to Stanford that could double as a family vacation.
Although it’s early in the recruiting process, Carmody wants to start seeing which programs offer strong academics and a comfortable style.
“I’m kinda just gonna see where it goes right now,” Carmody said. “I’m letting everything come to me and hopefully the school I end up at will end up showing itself more. Like it’s just gonna come to me sort of and I’ll just know.”