Notre Dame’s interest in four-star wide receiver Isaah Crocker intensified during the past several weeks and the Irish finally pulled the trigger on a scholarship offer late last month.
Crocker, a 6-foot-1, 175-pounder from Inderkum High School in Sacramento, Calif., expected that offer earlier but it was worth the wait.
“They said they were going to offer me earlier, coach (Brian) Polian,” Crocker said. “He was just saying the staff liked me a lot and they were going to offer me earlier but the wide receivers coach had something so they were just waiting for the signal. That offer is pretty big to me. It's one of my first offers from the east side. It caught my attention. I want to see if I can go there for spring ball but I’m not sure I can get out there. I want to go out there so maybe for an official (visit).”
Polian has already developed a strong relationship with Crocker and has encouraged the standout to make his way to South Bend.
“He sounds like a cool coach,” Crocker said. “He was just talking about how they would like me to go down there for spring ball and we could build a better relationship.”
Crocker has already visited USC and UCLA and hopes to see several more schools in the near future.
He plans to join former teammate Trajon Cotton on a trip to Oregon State this month. Cotton signed with the Beavers last month.
“I'm actually going to go out there to Oregon State with Trajon, that's one,” Crocker said. “My coach is going out there so that's my only way.”
Arizona State, Cal, Colorado, Oregon, Oregon State, UCLA, USC and Utah are among the other schools that have offered Crocker, but only a handful continue to pursue him.
“I'm keeping my options open but the only schools that are keeping me alive are a couple schools,” he said. “It's Cal, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA, Utah is showing love and Arizona is getting there too.”
As a junior, Crocker broke his collar bone in week one. He returned six weeks later and finished the year with a conference-high 746 yards on 31 catches. He also scored 10 touchdowns and recorded 19 tackles on defense.
“I love running fades and running past the defender,” Crocker said. “That's a strength and I like outrunning the defenders.”
Crocker, whose father played basketball at San Francisco City College before a professional career overseas, also plays hoops at Inderkum.
He’ll spend the spring on the 7-on-7 circuit.