Notre Dame hosted one of its top wide receiver targets this weekend, Scout 300 four-star Tarik Black of Cheshire (Conn.) Academy.
“The coaches were great, the players were great, it was a good visit,” Black said.
The 6-foot-3 ½, 206-pound wide out first visited Notre Dame back in March for Junior Day. Black returned to South Bend with his parents to get a closer look at the program.
“Not necessarily anything different that I needed to see, but I just needed to get back there so I could assure that my feelings were the same as the first time,” Black said. “You can’t make a decision off visiting a school one time.”
Black spent considerable time with the coaching staff and players, including freshmen Devin Studstill and Kevin Stepherson, plus sophomore quarterback Brandon Wimbush.
“I spent a lot of time with coach (Mike) Denbrock, coach (Mike) Sanford, coach (Scott) Booker and coach (Brian) Kelly,” Black said. “Their main message was that Notre Dame is the school for me. I come from a high school that is high on academics, and so is Notre Dame. I also value football a lot, and so does Notre Dame. For those two reasons, Notre Dame is the school for me.”
Notre Dame projects Black at multiple positions in the passing game.
“They see me playing inside or outside,” Black said. “They think that I have the versatility to move around a lot.”
Black might offer a silent verbal at any time, although he won’t publicly announce until the Army All-American Bowl in January.
“Later this month, I will make my commitment,” Black said. “I may even do it before then.
“Coaching staff and the players are the main thing.”
Stanford and UCLA were originally scheduled to receive return visits in July, but that’s no longer the case. Alabama and Auburn will receive visits when Black travels down South with his coach.
Black won’t publicly narrow his list beyond the programs that make up his top five, but he admits his parents have a couple of favorites.
“Probably Notre Dame or Stanford,” Black said. “The education of those schools stands out.”
Official visits in the fall are possible.
“I’m not sure, if the school I commit to allows me to take visits then I will,” Black said.
Black’s good friend and prep teammate, four-star athlete C.J. Holmes, came close to pulling the trigger for Notre Dame during Irish Invasion. Playing alongside one another in college would be an added bonus, but the duo isn’t a package deal.
“C.J. is a close friend, we met playing football,” Black said. “I’ve known him for as long as I’ve been playing football. It if happens, then it happens.”