The Irish made it clear early that Alexandria, Va., athlete Litchfield Ajavon would be a priority target for their 2019 class.
The 6-foot, 190-pound safety has climbed up boards to become a national recruit since, now holding offers from Clemson, Duke, Georgia, Indiana, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.
On Tuesday, Ajavon visited South Bend for the first time and thoroughly enjoyed what he took in.
“It was a very beautiful campus,” Ajavon said. “I was in awe walking around. When I was touring, I went to the Golden Dome, went to the grotto, went to the stadium and the dining hall. It was a very beautiful campus. Probably one of the most beautiful that I’ve seen since I’ve been visiting schools.”
A trio of Notre Dame coaches came together to show Ajavon a great time and form bonds with the standout safety. Ajavon dished on what he took from each coach.
“I talked with coach (Mike) Elko, coach (Clark) Lea and coach (Todd) Lyght,” Ajavon said.
“Coach Lea, he’s the one that’s recruiting me, we just put football aside for a bit and talked man-to-man about life, getting to know me, how I’m handling everything, we talked about myself, about his life, his family. So, it was fun to interact with him on that level.”
“Coach Elko and I, we watched film, we talked about what I’m looking for, where he sees me playing. So, we did that for a little while.
“Coach Lyght and I just talked about the playing experience from a guy that went to the school and then made it to the pros, left the pros and he’s a successful man now.”
The Episcopal High School star was pleased with the Midwest charm in South Bend.
He’ll return in the fall for a gameday experience.
“The people there were very friendly and welcoming,” Ajavon said. “It was a nice visit, a nice day all-in-all. I want to get back for a game when the season starts. I want to go to the game against Michigan State or Miami of Ohio.”
No other visits are scheduled for Ajavon. However, he does have a pair of schools in mind.
“If I do visit any other schools, it might be Stanford and Wisconsin and I’m not sure yet if I’ll visit and other schools,” Ajavon said. “It’s been a long couple of days. I want to relax and focus on training.”
Ajavon will attend a camp at Texas later this summer. He doesn’t have a top group, leaders or decision timeframe at this point.