Virginia, Virginia Tech and North Carolina were the primary schools Raeshon McNeil was considering, before he committed to the Irish. What was it about Notre Dame that compelled him to decide that South Bend was where he wanted to spend the next four years of his life?
"I really looked for a good academic school. All the schools I was considering were good academic schools," explained McNeil. "I thought Notre Dame was the best offer I had.
"I really liked Notre Dame's coaches. I really liked what they were trying to do for the organization. I believed that they were going to turn things around as they've already shown."
It's one thing for a new coaching staff to say tell a recruit that they are going to turn around a struggling program; it's a completely different matter to accomplish it on the field.
"It felt real good," McNeil said of watching his future teammates early season success. "I never took anything away from the coaches when they told me what they were going to do. The past Notre Dame teams, none of these coaches had anything to do with that, so I didn't hold that against them."
"To see the improvement on TV, and see them beat big name teams like Michigan, with all my friends telling me Notre Dame wasn't going to win, and then have them come out with a win, that made me feel really good."
Notre Dame recruited Raeshon to play cornerback, but so far this season most of McNeil's success on the field has come on special teams and offense.
"Not a single one actually," Raeshon replied when asked how many pass deflections or interceptions he had. "I might have had one, maybe two passes come my way this year. I haven't seen too much action thanks to Notre Dame; I guess they here the name and go the other way.
"I've been playing a little more offense lately," he continued. "I like it a lot, but I don't like it better (than defense). On the offensive side, I know the ball is coming my way. On the defensive side they can run all their plays the other way all night so I don't get much action. The offensive side gets me more involved in the game.
"I returned a kick-off 92 yards for a touchdown in our third game and had a 60-yard punt return called back because of a penalty."
"Last Friday, I had a touchdown pass for 72 yards," he said.
Comment: Like so many of the other Notre Dame commitments, Raeshon is a very well-spoken kid, and they don't come any nicer. He already knows when he'll being leaving for South Bend, so he's obviously very excited about Notre Dame. He has also been very impressed with what coach Lewis has been able to do with the Irish secondary.