Notre Dame already has two commitments from Cathedral products. It might be gunning for a third after weak-side linebacker Hugh Davis made the trip from Indianapolis to South Bend last weekend for Irish Invasion.
“I really liked it,” Davis said. “I loved spending time with coach (Mike) Elston and coach (Brian) VanGorder. I talk every week with coach Elston on the phone, so it was nice talking in-person. He really liked my athleticism and the way I was moving.”
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker holds offers from Central Michigan and Indiana. He received encouraging words from Elston following the workout.
“He had me, Dallas Gant and Matthew Bauer rounded up at the end,” Davis said. “At some point, he said all three of us will have an offer. That feels amazing. Notre Dame is one of those places. It was great to hear. He wants to see my first few games this fall, and everything else is a check mark.”
Davis visited Notre Dame last fall for the Texas game with offensive lineman Emil Ekiyor, a 2018 prospect. This past weekend, Davis was able to see more of campus.
“Campus was really nice,” Davis said. “I like how private it feels. It felt like I was at home.”
Cathedral is also home to Irish commits Pete Werner and Markese Stepp. The junior running back fell Notre Dame's way last weekend while the senior linebacker went Irish earlier this year.
“Whether it’s a drill or anything that has us going against each other, it gets very heated and very competitive,” said Davis of facing Stepp in practice. “Pete, man, he pushes me a lot. He tells me a lot of things I can use. We’re both very competitive. He loosens me up whenever I get too tight.”
Davis wasn’t surprised when Stepp committed to Brian Kelly on Saturday before the Invasion kicked off.
“He told me, so I knew,” said Davis. “I’ve always known it was his favorite. He told me while I was working out. I congratulated him. I’ve always been like, ‘why don’t you just go ahead do it?’”
Davis grew up pulling for Notre Dame, though both of his parents went to school in Texas.
“Location is not a big deal at all,” Davis said. “Anywhere I go it has to feel like home, and I want to feel comfortable and like I can make difference.”