Phillip Strozier, a 6-0, 185 pound cornerback from Rockhurst High School, Kansas City (MO) attended the recent junior day at Notre Dame. Irish Eyes spoke with him to get his reaction. Was the Notre Dame experience what he expected? What coaches did he speak with? Could he be comfortable spending four years at Notre Dame?
Notre Dame invited a limited number of recruits for coach Weis' first junior day, and one of those recruits was Phillip Strozier. We recently spoke with Strozier and asked him to describe his trip."
"I went up with my mom, dad and my teammate, Derek Hall," explained Strozier. "We flew to Chicago on Saturday and the headed over to South Bend on Sunday morning. It was a pretty quick trip over from Chicago, I think about an hour and a half.
"The campus itself was really nice. It was my first time at Notre Dame and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really liked the campus. It felt like it had a lot of history – ancient, said Strozier. " The campus felt really big."
"There was a lot of tradition, which I liked. There is such a different feel to a college campus. It's really hard to explain, but I liked Notre Dame a lot -- it's a place I could feel comfortable. It's not real close to home, but it's not too close either."
I asked Strozier what coaches he spoke with and what his impression of the coaches was.
"The day started out with an introduction," explained Strozier. "Then I met with coach Lewis, who would be my position coach. He's a really smart man – he definitely knows his stuff. He has a great background since he coached in the NFL for so long. He was nice and laid back – very impressive and intelligent."
"I then met with coach Cutcliffe. He was impressive as well and he's going to be recruiting my area, which is why I met with him. You could tell he had his stuff together. He talked about his plans, and goals for the team. He knew what he wanted to do and how he was going to get it done at Notre Dame."
"I also met with coach Ianello. I liked him as well – cool guy," added Strozier
I asked Strozier to give his overall impression of the junior day.
"I was really impressed by the coaches. They have a no-nonsense approach. They have a ton of experience, and you can see from their accolades that they are going to be successful."
Comment: Strozier and the staff didn't talk about an offer, so for now Phillip has offers from Kansas and Kansas State. I think the trip made a positive impression on Strozier. The fact that the Irish didn't offer isn't surprising, as they are still in the process of evaluating players. We'll keep in touch with Strozier to see if he becomes a target for Notre Dame.