Four-star tackle Jedrick Wills first saw Notre Dame last summer when he attended the Irish Invasion.
The 6-foot-5, 300-pounder from Lexington, Ky., returned to South Bend on Wednesday for a two-day visit to get a closer look at what the Irish have to offer.
Wills, joined by his brother and father, arrived in South Bend around noon on Wednesday and spent the day mingling with the Irish coaching staff and touring campus.
“It went great,” he said. “I talked to coach (Harry) Hiestand and coach (Brian) Kelly and met all the other coaches, the offensive coordinator, receivers and running backs coach and the AD and academic president and then we just toured around and saw all the different buildings I didn't get to see last year.”
The visit and the message from the Irish coaches resonated with the nation’s sixth-ranked tackle.
“It gave me a great feel from what I left with last year,” Wills said. “They basically said how important I was to their team and their offense and how much they needed me and want to coach me.”
Wills spent Wednesday night with Hiestand and several of the Irish offensive linemen.
“I hung out with some of the O-linemen and coach Hiestand and watched the (NBA Finals),” he said. “We just hung out and watched the game and got a good feel for each other.”
On Thursday, Wills watched off-season workouts and spoke with Kelly one more time before leaving campus.
Notre Dame already was one of Wills’ top schools and nothing changed following the visit.
“They were in my top schools before I went down there and they're definitely still in there,” Wills said. “I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet. I'm still going to visit other schools and figure it out from there.”
Wills plans to visit Alabama, Tennessee, LSU and a few others before identifying any real favorites.