Whenever a high school prospect makes a trip to Indiana from Texas on his own dime, his interest is obvious.
With only four-star Kalon Gervin in the fold at cornerback, the Irish still have a pressing need at the position this cycle after missing completely on National Signing Day. Cy-Fair cornerback Erick Hallett, a rising junior, could earn an offer if his upcoming campus visit goes well for both parties.
Hallett is a high academic recruit and his offer list proves it. He boasts notable offers from Yale, Columbia and Dartmouth while UMass, Nevada, Stephen F. Austin and Washington State top off his list. With an 1100 SAT, 22 ACT and 3.3 GPA, the Irish staff shouldn’t have concerns about his books.
The three-star prospect has also proved that he has impressive athletic traits. On March 19, the 5-foot-10, 172-pound cornerback turned heads at The Opening Regional in New Orleans at Joe W Brown Memorial Park.
"The event was really great, a lot of great competition out in New Orleans,” Hallett said. “I tested really well with a 4.58 40, 3.84 shuttle, 37-inch vertical and 34 power ball. So, I think I tested really well at the event. I also played lockdown during the 1-on-1 and skeleton portion of the event, eventually winning the DB MVP."
Considering the heady defensive back is somewhat new to the cornerback position, his performance helped raise his stock. He returned to Texas having put up the fifth-highest Nike Score at the event.
"I just recently started playing cornerback my sophomore year in high school,” Hallett said. “I had previously played wideout. I think of myself as a versatile guy and I think I would be able to play most anywhere needed.”
After speaking with Todd Lyght and Mike Elko in March, the junior was invited to the Blue-Gold Game. Hallett's attendance will let him get a feel for the campus and life as a student-athlete at Notre Dame.
"I'm really looking forward to meeting coach Lyght and the rest of the staff," Hallett said. "I've been hearing that ND also has state of the art facilities, so I'm really excited to get up there and see if all the hype is real. Really looking forward to being in the atmosphere of their stadium and experiencing first hand what it feels like to be a part of the Fighting Irish.
"I've been texting with coach Lyght some, talking about the spring game and he just invited me to the Irish Invasion, June 10 and 11.”
Hallett, who will venture to the Midwest with his father, has been keeping in touch with his former Cy-Fair teammate, Brock Wright, and is eager to see him in action at Notre Dame Stadium.
"I've spoken with Brock a few times since he went on to college and when I told him about my visit, he was ecstatic,” Hallett said. “He was very happy for me in that moment. He then just explained to me a little about how coach Elko had just arrived but was a great coach as well as the rest of the coaching staff.
"I've known Brock since freshman year when we began playing 7-on-7 together and ever since then, he's been a leader and someone to look up to in my life. He is obviously a monster on the field and I expect his career at ND, and potentially the NFL, to last very long. Brock is a great person off the field as well, with great character and genuinely cares about other people just as much as himself.”
As of today, Hallett is one of three ’18 cornerbacks who will be visiting South Bend this weekend. Dominique Hampton (Arizona) and Justin Birdsong (Georgia) will also be on campus and hoping to leave with an offer.