Considering the down year in terms of attendance at Irish Invasion, the addition of the St. Peter’s Prep trio of Jayson and Justin Ademilola and top target Shayne Simon was definitely a talent boost for the event.
With an emphasis on adding impact players on the defensive side of the ball, Simon has emerged as one of Notre Dame’s top priorities.
Simon already visited Notre Dame in the spring, but getting back to campus to work out in front of the staff and get a feel for their coaching style was an important step for Simon, who is trying to narrow down his list of suitors.
“It was a great time,” Simon said. “I finally got to see what (coach Mike Elko) is like on the field and coach (Clark) Lea and coach Tyler Santucci and how they work together and how they treat their players. It was a good time.”
Simon’s trip got off to an interesting start.
When the Jersey trio arrived at the airport in South Bend, they ran into Notre Dame legend Jerome Bettis.
“Yeah, that was cool,” Simon said. “We were sitting down, waiting for our bags and (Jerome Bettis) just walked in and he was really nice about it. He stood and chatted with us and we took a picture.”
The Ademilola twins guided Simon through his weekend.
“I just spent time with the players and had a good time,” Simon said. “I was with the (Ademilola) twins. They had been there a couple times so they told me what to do and where to go, things like that.”
Many Irish fans were hoping Simon would pull the trigger on committing to Notre Dame. But the 6-foot-3, 215-pound recruit still has needs time to come to a decision.
“I’m not really sure,” Simon said. “I’m going to go home, talk to my family and then go from there.”
Although Simon doesn’t have a set date for his decision, her has a ballpark idea of when he’ll announce his pledge.
“What I’m going to do is before the end of the summer, before the season starts,” Simon said. “That’s the time I’d like to do that and hopefully we can stick to that.”
All in all, Simon’s trip to South Bend was a success.
“It was a good trip, I enjoyed it a lot and I got to see what I wanted to see,” Simon said. “It was just overall a good trip.”