Irish going hard after Dalyn Wade-Perry

Notre Dame assistant coach Keith Gilmore visited Pope John XXIII High School in New Jersey on Tuesday to check on Dalyn Wade-Perry. It was Gilmore’s second trip this month to see the three-star defensive tackle.

Notre Dame’s interest in three-star defensive tackle Dalyn Wade-Perry continues to intensify.

Irish defensive line coach Keith Gilmore visited Pope John XXIII High School in Sparta, N.J., on Tuesday to watch Wade-Perry work out. Gilmore and Irish assistant Scott Booker had already visited the school once earlier during the spring evaluation period.

“We didn't speak at all,” said Wade-Perry, a 6-foot-3, 335-pounder. “He came by a few weeks ago, him and coach Booker, and they watched me lift, and then this time he was there for our speed and conditioning work. He followed up afterward with a DM on Twitter. He said thanks for having him. It was a great visit.”

The interest is mutual.

“It means a lot,” Wade-Perry said. “For a school like that, such a great program and national recruiters, for them to show that much interest in me means a lot to me.”

Alabama, Florida, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford, Tennessee and Vanderbilt are among the other schools to visit during the month.

Wade-Perry will visit Stanford this weekend and hopes to see several more schools soon as he beings to pare down his list to a top five. In addition to Notre Dame, he holds offers from Florida, Ohio State, Penn State, Rutgers, Stanford, Florida State, Alabama, Miami, Michigan, UCLA, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

“I'm still trying to see some schools but some things are coming into perspective,” he said. “Obviously the schools that keep coming by and pushing to get me up there like Stanford and Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, they're the teams that are consistently recruiting me heavily.” ranks Wade-Perry as the 29th best defensive tackle in the country. Top Stories