Notre Dame has had three-star cornerback Elijah Hicks on its recruiting radar for months. Last week the Irish finally offered the 6-foot, 185-pounder from La Mirada, Calif.
“I called coach (Todd) Lyght and he told me,” Hicks said. “He broke it down for me what Notre Dame has to offer and he said I could come and make an impact. I was excited. It's a big-time coahllege. My parents are happy about that school too. We're going to go check it out and see what it's about.”
Hicks, who now holds 32 offers, expects to use one of his official visits to check out Notre Dame. Other offers on the table include Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, UCLA and USC. He’s also picked up recruiting interest from Yale, Harvard, Cornell and Penn.
Irish assistant coach Mike Denbrock previously visited Hicks at La Mirada High School and Hicks traded messages with Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly last week.
“Me and the head coach was texting back and forth the following day,” Hicks said. “Coach Denbrock came out to my school one time before so I had a little relationship with him prior to the offer.”
Hicks attended a camp at USC and also visited Oregon and Oregon State.
He hopes to soon schedule his official visits.
Most schools see Hicks as a shutdown corner or even a safety. One West Coach school prefers him on offense.
“They say anywhere in the secondary,” Hicks said. “UCLA likes me on offense, at receiver. Notre Dame told me I could play anywhere. They said wherever I play best at if I was to go there.”
Hicks, whose brother Tony played basketball at the University of Pennsylvania and will spend a graduate year at Louisville, carries a 3.6 grade point average.
“(Academics) will take a part into my decision but at the end of the day I want to make sure I have a good feel for the coaches and the environment and I just want to make sure it's the right fit,” he said. “I'm very thankful but I'm not a big fan of the recruiting process. I'm not saying I'm going to rush it but I would like to know what school I was going to already. I still have to look into it and make the right decision.”