Kwity Paye couldn’t help but be surprised at the visitor.
Boston College snagged a commitment from Paye, a defensive end from Warwick, R.I., back in December. That didn’t keep Notre Dame tight ends coach Scott Booker from making a couple stops at Bishop Hendricken School during the spring for a look.
Booker expressed some interest in Paye and extended an invitation to Irish Invasion. Paye hardly expected to hear from the Irish at all, let alone be asked to attend their biggest summer camp.
Right now Notre Dame is the only program outside Boston College talking to Paye.
“That’s about it,” Paye said. “My coaches and my family, we were set with Boston College. We weren’t expecting a school like Notre Dame to come up and show the interest to us. It’s just Notre Dame so far.”
Paye originally picked Boston College over scholarship offers from Rutgers, Syracuse and Toledo. He’ll head to South Bend looking to add another.
Booker told the 6-foot-3, 225-pound prospect the defensive staff would like to see him work in person against other top competition. Irish Invasion will offer that opportunity as dozens of other top prospects are expected.
Paye has been using the offseason to increase his speed, among other areas.
Booker turned into a regular in Rhode Island.
“I think two times he came down,” Paye said. “The first time he came down, he just wanted to touch base with me and see how I looked, my size. They saw my film and said they were real interested in me. They want me to come out and perform. If I perform the way they waned me to, I just may grab an offer.”
If the Irish offer there will be plenty for Paye to consider.
“If they do offer me it’d be a great opportunity for me,” Paye said. “Not a lot of athletes from Rhode Island get any attention like this. It would be huge. But if they offer me I’ll definitely have to come back, talk with my family, talk with my coaches and make the best decision for me.”
Paye wants to use the trip as an introduction to Notre Dame outside camp as well. Getting a closer look at campus and learning more about what the program brings to the table outside football are on the to-do list.
“Definitely tour the school and see how it is,” Paye said. “But definitely at the camp, learning from some of the coaches. Get some new techniques out of it and competing against some of the other kids in the country. It’ll just be a learning experience.”