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Irish host intriguing safety Corey Thomas

Safety Corey Thomas has been receiving interest from Notre Dame. This weekend he attended Irish Invasion. Could he be Notre Dame’s next take from Pittsburgh Central Catholic?

The Irish have established a footprint at Pittsburgh Central Catholic.

Safety Corey Thomas Jr., a 6-foot-3, 195-pound converted receiver, is their latest find there.

The '19 target had been receiving interest from Notre Dame and hearing plenty about them from his good friend, former teammate and soon-to-be Irish freshman, Kurt Hinish.

Thomas made his way to South Bend on Saturday and had a great experience.

"I liked it a lot," Thomas said. "We got to tour the facilities, toured the campus, it looked really nice. I'd like to get back up there and maybe get a little more in-depth. I just learned a lot about Notre Dame.

"I stayed the night and then attended the Junior Day. We got presentations from coach (Mike) Elston and then coach (Brian) Kelly. We got a tour of the campus, a lunch with the players, position meetings with our position coach, and then pictures at the end."

Thomas was able to speak with Notre Dame coaches and plans to build relationships with them going forward.

"I talked to coach (Todd) Lyght and coach (Mike) Elko," Thomas said. "Coach Lyght said he liked my length and my ability to be hands-on with people. He told me to keep in touch. I'll probably call him in a couple days.

"Coach Elko, he said he liked what he'd seen too. I probably give him a call too. He had a lot of knowledge within our position meeting. I learned a lot from him."

Given Thomas is still shaping his defensive game after a position switch from wide receiver, getting coaching from the Irish staff was much appreciated.

"I thought it went pretty well," Thomas said. "I learned some new techniques and some different stuff about the position. I thought that was really neat coming from one of the great coaches."

Now that Thomas has seen Notre Dame up close and personal, his opinion on the Irish has risen substantially.

"I have very high interest in Notre Dame," Thomas said. "They're a great school with a great mix of academics and athletics. It's just a pretty great school.

"I'll definitely make it to a game this year."

If Thomas earns an offer from the Irish, they will jump to his top group and stay there.

"It would mean a lot," Thomas said. "If Notre Dame offered me, they would be around until the end for me. They would be one of the last schools that I decided on, like top-3, top-5 schools."

A pair of big visits are next on Thomas' agenda.

"I'm going to Ohio State on Tuesday and then I have Penn State next month," Thomas said.

The Pittsburgh-native holds offers from Bowling Green, Buffalo, Robert Morris and Toledo.

Considering his unique combination of height, length, athleticism and smarts, Thomas should see his offer list grow substantially through his junior season.

"I'll probably be a late-decision guy," Thomas said. "I'll probably enroll early. That's something I want to do." Top Stories