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Carper: ‘It definitely affects my decision’

Notre Dame felt optimistic about its chances to flip Texas A&M commitment Keldrick Carper after getting an official visit last weekend. Brian VanGorder’s firing has unsettled that momentum.

Four-star athlete and Texas A&M commitment Keldrick Carper was surprised and disappointed to learn that Notre Dame defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder had been fired on Sunday morning.

“Wow, I didn’t know that happened,” Carper said. “This is crazy. I didn’t expect this to happen. I actually got to know coach VanGorder well on my visit and developed a good relationship with him and really liked him.

“He was a big influence on Notre Dame to me, and a big reason why I liked everything up there on my visit. So it’s disappointing. It definitely affects (my decision).”

The Plain Dealing (La.) 6-foot-3, 185-pound athlete took an official visit to Notre Dame a week ago when the Irish hosted the Spartans.

“What they can offer me as an athlete and student, it was very, very impressive,” Carper told Scout national analyst Chad Simmons last week following his visit. “Even when I committed to Texas A&M I knew I could fit in at Notre Dame. After I visited this weekend, it made me think a little bit. It’s still making me think.”

Carper has been committed to Texas A&M since June. The Irish are recruiting him for safety. 

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet, so it’s going to take me some time to process it,” Carper said. “It really hasn’t sunk in yet. I was counting on him being there.” Top Stories