Chad Simmons

ND ‘best of both worlds’ for Ga. DE

Defensive end Cortez Alston received a Notre Dame offer a week following Irish defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder’s visit to the Peach State. Alston explains where the offer puts Notre Dame on his list of schools.

Atlanta (Ga.) Westminister defensive end Cortez Alston learned of his Notre Dame offer on Tuesday via a text message from Irish defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder.

A recent change in NCAA rules now allows for unlimited text messages between potential student-athletes and college coaches.

“(VanGorder) texted me that I was offered and that he wants me to visit campus this summer, so it’s looking like I’m going to try to get up there on June 18,” Alston said.

The 6-foot-3, 247-pound defensive end is attracted to the overall package of Notre Dame.

“The tradition is great, and the academics that go along with it makes it the best of both worlds,” Aslton said.

Alston also touts offers from Boston College, California, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, USC, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest.

“No favorites yet, but Notre Dame is up there in terms of schools that I’m considering,” Alston said.

Planning to major in business in college, Alston is eager to check out Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business.

“I want to major in business, but I’m not sure what aspect of it, yet,” Alston said. “I’m excited to learn more about that at Notre Dame.”

Alston plans to make a decision following his senior season.

“I want to take official visits first and then decide after my season,” Alston said. “Comfortabliliy is the No. 1 thing. The academics, too and what the networking can do for me.”

In addition to Notre Dame, Alston also expects to visit North Carolina, California and Michigan this summer.

Alston is the second defensive end prospect offered by Notre Dame this week. The first, Orlando (Fla.) Bishop Moore product Jonathon MacCollister, is also planning to visit for Irish Invasion.

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