Darryl Morsell got a dose of the expected during his first official visit.
Notre Dame hosted Morsell, a four-star combo guard from Baltimore last weekend, giving him a glimpse of what life could be like if he chose to accept its scholarship offer. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound athlete knew the Irish would impress with regards to academics.
“As far as the school, it was something I definitely expected,” Morsell said. “I met with the administration and stuff like that. Their academics are essential. If you go there you’re set for life. But as far as the visit, this was my first official so I didn’t have anything to compare it to. It was definitely nice. I enjoyed it, had a great time.”
Morsell has learned about Notre Dame from afar for years.
Head coach Mike Brey is no stranger to Morsell’s school, Mount Saint Joseph, after landing former three-star point guard Eric Atkins in the Class of 2010. Atkins is now back in the program as video coordinator.
Atkins and Morsell reconnected during the visit. Morsell also met former players Jerian Grant, Pat Connaughton, Zach Auguste and Demetrius Jackson. All are currently on NBA rosters.
“It was great to see all of them come back,” Morsell said. “That means they enjoyed their time at Notre Dame. I got to talk to them, see what life was like there at Notre Dame. What they did to make it to the next level basically, little questions here and there. When I played, they would give me little pointers here and there.”
Pickup games throughout the visit featured not only current players but also the current pros. Morsell learned much about how the Irish play from those sessions.
“I like their pace,” Morsell said. “Coach Brey and other people always compare me to Jerian Grant and Demetrius Jackson. Their pace is up tempo, downhill, get up and down the court, try to get quick buckets. That’s the pace I think I would excel in.”
Morsell will now take the experience on his first official visit to the others coming up on his schedule.
Villanova plays host this weekend. Maryland gets in on the action the following weekend and Dayton is slated for the weekend of Oct. 21. Virginia Tech is the other program currently in Morsell’s top five.
As it stands, Morsell isn’t sure when he’ll decide between the favorites.
“I really don’t know,” Morsell said. “I’m gonna just make my decision based on when I feel it’s right. I’m gonna sit down and talk to my parents to see how they feel about my decision. When it’s the right feel, it could be tomorrow or January or February. I just wanna take my time, talk it over with my family and make sure I make the right decision.”