Notre Dame could get a recruiting boost before a holiday weekend.
Despite the football program breaking for Easter following this morning’s spring practice, the Irish will still host a top prospect on Thursday when four-star safety Shayne Simon uses his own long weekend to see Notre Dame for himself.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete already holds offers from Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio State, Penn State, Tennessee and Stanford. From Notre Dame, Simon will head north to check out Ann Arbor for the Michigan spring game.
If Simon had waited a week to see Notre Dame he’d have been joined by St. Peter’s Prep teammates Jayson and Justin Ademilola, both Irish commitments along the defensive line since last summer. St. Peter’s Prep is the same high school program that produced starting Irish quarterback Brandon Wimbush.
Notre Dame offered Simon in January.
“(Justin and Jayson) were like saying how we could be future teammates and stuff like that,” Simon said after landing his Irish offer. “They have been telling me about it for a while. They’re excited to go down there and I’m going to try and see if I can go down there with them.
“(The coaches) said I fit the bill of a Notre Dame student-athlete and they offered me. I was excited about it.”
The Irish also believe Simon could play Rover in Mike Elko’s defense.
“They said in their new defense they're going to have like a third safety where he kind of rotates down to play in the box a little bit,” Simon said. “That's where they see me playing. I think I fit into that role because I kind of do something like that now in high school. I think it will be an easy transition to college.”