After losing four-star cornerback Kalon Gervin earlier this month, the Irish have set their sights on several defensive backs from the south.
Fairburn (Georgia) Langston Hughes three-star cornerback Telly Plummer is the latest addition to Notre Dame’s board. On Tuesday, the Irish offered cornerbacks Donte Burton of Georgia and Joseph Wilkins of Florida.
Although Plummer is new to Notre Dame’s offer list, he’s no stranger to the Irish staff.
“Me and coach (Todd) Lyght, we had already had a great relationship previous to him coming to my school today,” Plummer said. “He had already told me that he already had the green light to offer me.”
Plummer’s film is loaded with run support highlights but lacks footage of the 6-foot, 185-pound junior in coverage.
Lyght was sure to assess those skills in person before extending the offer.
“He just wanted to see me in person and see me move around and stuff,” Plummer said. “Pretty much, Notre Dame football speaks for itself. We went outside and I did a couple drills for him. After that, he just offered me right then, after we did the drills.”
The Notre Dame offer left Plummer speechless. The native of Gainesville, Fla., grew up with his eyes on the Irish. Lyght has only enhanced that by talking up the value of a Notre Dame degree.
“It’s really exciting that I’m one of their top guys to play for Notre Dame,” Plummer said. “That’s always great, to be able to say that. I was so surprised and so excited. Growing up watching Notre Dame and watching them on TV and my dad is a big fan of Notre Dame. He was really excited also.”
Now that Plummer has an offer, a summer visit is in the works.
“I’m going to go up there sometime this summer,” Plummer said. “Probably around June. I think he did mention something about (Irish Invasion). It is a possibility.”
Notre Dame is among several schools pushing for Plummer’s signature.
“Right now, I’d have to say Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Maryland and Georgia Tech,” Plummer said.
Plummer is still trying to work out a decision timeline.
“I had a plan to commit on my birthday, which is July 28,” Plummer said. “But I was having some doubts about that, so I’m not really sure yet.”
The three-star cornerback explained where the Irish sit among his offer list.
“Notre Dame is up there with the top guys,” Plummer said. “My top schools right now I’d say are Louisville, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.”
Plummer finished his junior season with 42 tackles, two tackles for loss and 10 pass breakups.
Look for the Irish to push to get Plummer on campus for the Irish Invasion on June 10 to get familiar with the campus, staff and football program. That would afford Lyght another evaluation opportunity too, although it appears the Irish cornerbacks coach already likes what he sees in this Georgia standout.