Good luck topping this week, Cameron McGrone.
Last Sunday the four-star linebacker from Indianapolis hit The Opening Regional in Oakland to both test his surgically repaired right knee and earn an invite to The Opening Finals at Nike this summer. Check and check.
On Tuesday, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound athlete connected with Irish linebackers coach Clark Lea, who offered the standout from Lawrence Central.
And today marks the final day of McGrone’s junior year.
Bettering this five-day stretch will be a challenge.
“I don’t know if I can,” McGrone said. “It’s been crazy.”
It’s all quite a turnaround for McGrone, who tore his right ACL last October and saw his recruitment predictably slow. He visited Notre Dame for its home loss against Stanford the same week as that injury and returned in April to check out spring practice. That was some of his first contact with Notre Dame since the program’s defensive staff changes in January.
At that point Notre Dame’s interest was wait-and-see, with McGrone set to attend Irish Invasion this summer to work out for an offer. At least that’s what he thought after building a relationship with defensive coordinator Mike Elko, defensive line coach Mike Elston and Lea, his potential position coach. McGrone said the Irish like him at the Buck position in a class that already includes Matt Bauer and Ovie Oghoufo, who’s also headed to The Opening Finals.
“They said they had some people record me at school in a workout and then The Opening and they saw me move,” McGrone said. “They saw they had no choice but to offer me. Coach Lea texted me and I called him. He just explained their process and how they were offering me.”
Notre Dame moves up McGrone’s list with the offer, although he didn’t call the Irish his outright leader. He plans to take official visits this fall and said he could make a commitment during his junior season.
Regardless, the Irish should be a player here considering McGrone takes A.P. courses in high school and lives barely two hours from campus. He said he’s in touch with the Irish staff every day via text and via phone every other week.
“I feel I have a pretty nice relationship there already. They’re definitely high up there,” McGrone said. “They have the academic part, and not many schools have the academics and the football together.”
Notre Dame (June 10) and Wisconsin (June 9) are McGrone’s only summer visits scheduled to date. In addition to the Irish and Badgers, he also holds offers from Duke, Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Tennessee and Vanderbilt.