Chad Simmons

Three-star rush end has Notre Dame in top three

Atlanta (Ga.) Westminister defensive end Cortez Alston has Notre Dame in his top three and is eyeing a summer visit to South Bend.

Three-star defensive end Cortez Alston expects to have a full slate of visits this summer. He’s tentatively scheduled to visit Notre Dame for the Irish Invasion.

“I’m still planning out my summer, so I’m not sure when I’m going to be visiting Notre Dame, but I know I’m gonna get there at some point this summer,” Alston said.  “Hopefully I know if I’m visiting for Irish Invasion by the end of the week.”

Alston considers Notre Dame one of his leaders along with Cal-Berkley and USC, but it’s a list subject to change.

“I need to visit some other places before I have a definite list, and I plan on doing that this summer,” Alston said.

Other schools the 6-foot-3, 250-pound defensive end plans to visit before fall include Cal, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech and USC.

All have offered with the exception of the Blue Devils and Tigers. Notre Dame offered on May 10.

“I want to visit a lot of places this summer so I know where I want to take my return visits in the fall on official visits,” Alston said. “I plan on deciding after my football season.”

The Irish are in Alston’s lead group among an offer list that includes Boston College, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Michigan State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, Purdue, Tennessee, USC, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin.

“Notre Dame is the best of both worlds; you really can’t go wrong,” Alston said. “(Scott Booker) talks to me about things other than football. He also thinks I could make a big impact up there.”

Alston is looking for a school that fits him beyond the gridiron. 

“To have a life after football is the big thing for me,” Alston said. “A good campus and a good sense of community and comfortablility, too.”

Alston expects to know the date of his Notre Dame visit soon.  

“I’m going to sit down with my coaches and parents and figure that out this week.”

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