Notre Dame made its first impression on Grayson Boomer on a Sunday night.
That’s not the usual timeslot when prospects start to learn about the Irish program, yet for the 6-foot-5 ½, 225-pound tight end from Collinsville, Okla., that’s when he first saw Kyle Rudolph play. Watching the former Irish tight end play for Minnesota quickly turned into researching the former Irish tight end’s career in South Bend.
Boomer was hooked.
“I started watching his Notre Dame stuff and yeah, that dude is legit,” Boomer said. “He’s the kind of tight end I want to model myself after. He’s always going 110 percent, which I really like.”
Boomer has a picture of Rudolph (the Vikings version) atop his Twitter profile. When Notre Dame offered the sophomore a scholarship on Monday night via offensive coordinator Chip Long, Boomer tweeted out the news with a photo of Rudolph (the Notre Dame version) on social media.
Boomer, the son of longtime Oklahoma high school coach Kurt Boomer and the younger brother of incoming Tulsa quarterback Seth Boomer, has been scouting tight ends for years, believing that film study could help get him to the next level.
With early offers in from Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Arkansas, Iowa State, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Tulsa, Boomer is on his way. The Cornhuskers stand alone in offering Boomer as a defensive end.
Still, the surefire four-star prospect hasn’t jumped full into the recruiting process, having only banked visits to Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Oklahoma to date.
Boomer was in Norman for last fall’s loss to Ohio State and will head back there this weekend for a full visit. Arkansas could get a spring return visit as well.
As for seeing Notre Dame, there’s little doubt that will happen down the road, potentially this summer. Boomer isn’t sure if he can make Irish Invasion, but he wants to see Notre Dame for himself.
“I really want to come down to South Bend this summer,” he said. “With visits I want to see practices, interact with the coaches, see what kind of bond they have with the players, how much energy there is on the field, do I feel at home. If you’re going to be going far away, that’s what you need. You want to feel at home there.”
Boomer’s research into Notre Dame tight ends includes a few current/future ones too in early enrollee Brock Wright and incoming freshman Cole Kmet. Boomer actually follows Wright on Twitter. He’ll be watching how both fit into Notre Dame’s system this fall. But the fact they’re in South Bend at all resonates.
“Obviously (Notre Dame) is very good at tight end and it shows with Brock Wright and Cole Kmet, just them committing as two of the top five tight ends in the nation,” Boomer said. “That’s pretty remarkable, two top tight ends going to the same school. There must be something good going on.”
Safe to say Boomer sees his game trending toward the Wright style, where blocking is more than an extracurricular activity.
Boomer said he plans to play next season in the 230’s after dropping weight for basketball.
“I really just think now more than ever what sets me apart from other guys is you see other guys, watch film, they’re just wide receivers playing outside,” Boomer said. “You might as well just list yourself as a receiver instead of a tight end. If you’re a tight end you need to be doing both. My off-season is about trying to do everything. That’s what a tight end does.”