Kwity Paye made the trek to Notre Dame in search of an offer.
Even as a longstanding commitment to Boston College, Paye saw value in working out for Irish coaches in a camp setting. Defensive line coach Keith Gilmore and defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder took a close look at the defensive end from Warwick, R.I., throughout Irish Invasion.
Now Paye will play a small waiting game. The coaches indicated they’ll convene, then get back to Paye with an answer soon.
“Basically they said they loved how I performed (Saturday),” Paye said. “They said they’ll have to go back and check the tape because they filmed the whole workout session. They said they’ll go back and let me know in two to three weeks.”
Right now Paye isn’t considering any other programs outside Notre Dame. He originally committed to Boston College in December over offers from Rutgers, Syracuse and Toledo.
Should the Irish decide to make a move, things could change quickly. Paye plans to talk things over with his family and coaches if that Irish offer comes. They’ll then decide the next best move.
Boston College is looking to get Paye on campus later this month for camp as well.
“It would be amazing if they offered me,” Paye said. “But I would have to go and see what they have that BC doesn’t. I would have to see from an education standpoint along with the football standpoint what school is gonna put me in the best position in life.”
Gilmore praised the 6-foot-3, 220-pound prospect throughout the event. Paye felt like he learned things from Gilmore that he can take back to his teammates at Bishop Hendricken High School during upcoming offseason workouts.
“They emphasized for all the d-linemen that first step off the ball,” Paye said. “I’ll be able to go home and teach some of my teammates these techniques. I’ll be able to help them with their hands and flipping their hips.”
Paye used the Irish Invasion visit not just for football but to understand Notre Dame better as a whole.
His trip included campus tours plus in-depth discussions about life away from the athletic complexes. Paye also took note of the religious element that comes into play when you’re walking around campus.
“I would just say the school values tradition and values history,” Paye said. “When I was walking around and saw the grotto, I saw it was a place that gets you closer to your spirituality and stuff. I really liked that about the school.”
But even with Notre Dame potentially making a move, Paye doesn’t necessarily see Boston College fading from the picture. He’s looking at a June 27 visit for camp to meet some new faces on the coaching staff in Chestnut Hill.
“They send mail a lot,” Paye said. “They call a lot, text and stuff. They just see how I’m doing.”
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