The Irish have had their eye on wide receiver Geordon Porter for months.
Yesterday it became clear the Irish needed to do more than watch him after four-star wide receiver Braden Lenzy dropped his Notre Dame commitment for Oregon.
A product of Etiwanda, Calif., Porter possesses a skill set that could provide Chip Long a significant downfield threat. Porter has clocked a 10.61 in the 100-meter dash as well as a 35-inch vertical jump.
Following several weeks of conversations with Irish coaches Brian Polian and DelVaughn Alexander, Porter received an offer from the Irish on Wednesday.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound prospect was thrilled to add Notre Dame to his list.
“It’s a great school,” Porter said. “They have great academics, it’s a big powerhouse program, always playing against great teams, playing on NBC at three o’clock, just always on the TV, the fans are going crazy, selling out every game. That’s a great football school right there.”
Porter had told Irish Illustrated in the past that he was interested in visiting Notre Dame but was holding off plans until he got an offer.
Now that the offer is on the table, the three-star recruit is eyeing a visit in the coming weeks.
“I’ve been trying to get to Cal and Notre Dame,” Porter said. “I’ll visit (Notre Dame) probably in the summer, July probably.”
Porter listed the schools that have been pushing the envelope most consistently.
“Recently, it’s been Notre Dame, UCLA, Cal and Colorado,” Porter said.
Aware of the success Notre Dame has had in turning wide receivers into pros, Porter is intrigued by the idea that he too could make the NFL through a college career in South Bend.
“I like how the wide receivers have been successful,” Porter said. “You’ve got Will Fuller and right now, you’ve got (Equanimeous) St. Brown out there and I just feel like it could be a good fit for me as a receiver.”
The collaborative effort by Polian and Alexander has produced strong results in the recruitment of Porter.
“The coaches have mainly been talking about how I fit in their offense and how they like me as a person, how good of grades I have, those are the key points they were saying when they offered me,” Porter said. “They really like me.”
Porter rates as the No. 25 wide receiver in the West and No. 21 at the position in California. He finished his junior season with 33 receptions for 512 yards and five scores.