When Notre Dame offered Trey Dean back on October 15, the four-star safety from Hampton, Ga., only had a handful of offers. Now he has 37.
During that barrage of national attention it seemed Notre Dame had faded away with the 6-foot-2, 180-pound athlete. But the Irish never let up and now that persistence might give Notre Dame a recruiting boost.
"They came to my school multiple times," Dean said.
Dean is competing at the Rivals Five-Star Challenge in Indianapolis this weekend, which will run through Saturday.
On Sunday, he will make his way to South Bend.
"They're a great academic and great athletic school," Dean said. "I want to see what they have to offer."
Notre Dame commit Derrik Allen, also a defensive back from Georgia, has been in Dean's ear about giving the Irish a longer look.
"I've been talking about Notre Dame with Derrik Allen," Dean said. "He's right here, I'm with him right now. He says it's a great school and told me to go visit, so that's what I'm doing."
Dean broke down his current Top 4.
"Texas, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina," Dean said.
With a strong visit, Dean expressed that Notre Dame could enter his top group before he makes his final decision next month.
Following his Notre Dame visit, Dean will head to Ann Arbor to check out Michigan.
With several scholarship spots dedicated to fill needs within the defensive backfield, Notre Dame would love to add some elite talent that could contribute to Mike Elko's defense early.
Scout Regional Recruiting Analyst Michael Clark was impressed by Dean's performance at The Opening Regional in Charlotte earlier this year.
"Trey Dean frustrated receivers throughout the event with his physicality, athleticism, and length," Clark said. "He lined up at safety and cornerback and excelled at both."