Edds Impressed with Irish Visit

The state of Indiana has recently started producing more and more top prospects. Another to keep an eye on is A.J. Edds. The 6-4, 215-pound athlete recently visited Notre Dame's junior day and liked what he saw in South Bend. Irish Eyes spoke with Edds earlier this week to get his reaction to his unofficial visit to Notre Dame.

"It went real well for me," said A.J. Edds of his unofficial visit to Notre Dame.

"We got checked in, and the first coach I spoke with was coach Cutcliffe. He was a really nice guy and just made me feel at home."

Edds' dad also attended the junior day and spent some time talking defensive coordinator Rick Minter.

"My dad spoke with coach Minter for quite awhile," Edds said. "Coach Minter told my dad that they really wanted to get me to camp for one day just to see how I move.

"He told my dad not to panic if I didn't have an offer by April 1. He said for us not to make an early commitment because they haven't had time to evaluate everyone. He said they've had so much on their plates with spring football, getting a handle on recruiting, and just getting adjusted to the new job that they're a little behind.

"He said they wanted a chance to evaluate everyone because Notre Dame isn't for everyone, but that I'm a top guy and to just hang in there until they can get that done."

Edds said the highlight of his visit was meeting coach Weis.

"I spoke to coach Weis for about five minutes," Edds said. "He told me that in the past that Notre Dame kind of combed over Indiana and he wanted me to know that was not going to be a problem with me. He said they were very aware of me and they were going to recruit me hard. It was reassuring knowing that was coming right from the top. I really liked coach Weis. I feel like everything is headed in the right direction up there. It's definitely a different mindset then it was last year up there."

Edds has already been to a number of junior days and might have a few more scheduled.

"I've already been to junior days at Illinois, Purdue, Michigan and Notre Dame," he said. "We are playing in the basketball sectionals. If we lose, I'm scheduled to go to Indiana this weekend. I'm also planning on going to Tennessee's junior day. I think that is on the same day of their first spring practice."

Edds is also starting to get his camp plans together as well.

"I'm going to the Nike camp this month," he said. "I plan on going to camps at Ohio State and Michigan. I'll go to Purdue camp, definitely, and I'll probably go to Notre Dame's now for a day."

Edds says Purdue, Illinois and Indiana have offered him, and he says he's trying to narrow down his list by the start of the season.

"I should probably start getting an idea of where I want to go by the start of the season," Edds said. "You can kind of get a feel if you're a top guy or a second tier guy by then. I'll just get a feel for the campuses when I'm on my visits and see where I'm at by then."

Comments: Edds defintely seemed impressed with the new Irish coaching staff. He was very excited about the Irish when we spoke with him. It's also a good sign that he plans to attend camp. We'll check back with Edds soon when he gets his camp schedule more finalized.

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