Kamryn Babb didn’t get much of a first impression of Notre Dame.
The four-star receiver from St. Louis, Mo., stopped by South Bend in concert with a 7-on-7 tournament in Chicago last weekend, investing a couple hours on campus to see the Irish program.
“I didn’t get to stay as long as I necessarily wanted, but it went pretty good,” Babb said. “I got to meet a lot of the coaches, talk to them, see what’s going on down there and see the great things that they have.”
That roughly two-hour visit was enough for the 6-foot-1, 190-pound athlete to sit down with offensive coordinator Chip Long and wide receivers coach Del Alexander to review tape. Long showed Babb how his skill set – he lines up at wide receiver and in the backfield for Christian Brothers – would fit into last year’s Memphis offense.
Even if Babb didn’t get as much of Notre Dame as he would have liked, he also got enough to know he wants more. The nation’s No. 84 overall prospect hopes to be back in South Bend later this off-season as the Irish work to stand out on a crowded list. Babb also holds offers from Michigan, Texas, USC, Tennessee, Auburn, LSU and Ohio State.
Oklahoma and Florida State are showing interest.
In other words, even a short visit is better than no visit considering the other contenders.
“Most definitely I’m going to try to get back up there,” Babb said. “I like what their offense brings to the table and the things they’re doing on offense. Talking to (Long and Alexander) and listening to what they’ve got planned for me as a receiver, I really like what they did at Memphis in the one year there. I feel like they can do great things at Notre Dame, especially with a receiver like me.”
The only future visits Babb listed were to Michigan and Michigan State in April. He also plans to attend The Opening Regional in Chicago on April 2 and could attend an adidas camp this off-season too. Getting too deep into spring visits might be a challenge because Babb also runs track.
“One of the big things for me is being comfortable,” Babb said. “I feel like I can play my game wherever I go and the offensive style will fit into it. I want to focus on what school is best for me outside of football, what school can help me succeed after football. You only get to play football for so long.”
Babb said he expects to make a cut to his list later this off-season.
Regardless of where he ends up, Babb won’t be doing early enrollment because Christian Brothers doesn’t allow it.
“I’m going to try to get to as many places as I can and see my options,” Babb said.
After last weekend, it appears Notre Dame is one of those potential landing spots.