If Notre Dame pulls Andrew Chatfield out of Florida next February, what happened today in South Bend will represent the first step in that extraction plan.
During a Midwest tour of schools, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete from Plantation and the American Heritage School visited Notre Dame on Thursday, meeting with Brian Kelly, seeing Notre Dame Stadium and getting the usual facility tour. The Irish visit had been on the books for nearly a months and a source close to the program felt Notre Dame did well with this pass rusher.
Chatfield also saw Wisconsin on his Midwest swing.
Chatfield, who earned an invite to The Opening Finals this summer after a strong regional performance in Miami, holds offers from Notre Dame, LSU, North Carolina, Oregon, Wisconsin, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Kentucky. Interestingly, Florida, Florida State and Miami have yet to offer.
While the Irish are recruiting commitment Justin Ademilola as a stand-up end, the 240-pound prospect from New Jersey could also grow into a strong-side prospect.
Chatfield appears to be more of a true weak-side end based on his edge rushing ability.
“Every school is wide open with me,” Chatfield said after his performance at The Opening Regional earlier this year. “Whatever new school wants to offer me anything, I am always open. I am always checking everything out.”
Notre Dame offered Chatfield on Feb. 28.