So Marlon Pollard and his mother uprooted from Alta Loma, Calif., where Pollard starred at Valencia High, and moved to San Bernardino to be closer to kin.
Pollard's cheering section on game days went from just his mother, to "the whole left side," Pollard laughed.
Everyone is seeing something special.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Pollard plays cornerback and receiver for Cajon High, and has helped lead them to a 6-1 record on the season.
"I'm very excited," the future Notre Dame defensive back said. "I'm so thankful for the move. Everything was destined to be. We're 6-1, and we just defeated supposedly the best team in our division, the SAL, and we just have so much confidence and momentum going into these last three games of the season."
The latest win Pollard is talking about, is a 55-31 victory over Colton.
Pollard had 56-yard fumble recovery for a score in the first quarter to tie the game at seven.
"It was just one of those things, I saw the opportunity and I seized my opportunity," Pollard said. "I was thinking six. I was thinking I had to make a big play. We were down and they had momentum, and I thought I needed to make a big play."
Pollard made another big play late in the game, intercepting a pass and racing 60 yards the other way for a touchdown, sealing the victory.
"Everyone was just excited," Pollard said of the locker room afterwards. "That was one of the biggest games we had of the season, and we took care of business, and we were all congratulating each other."
Pollard also had four receptions in the game, including a 60-yard play. He's been effective in the passing game all year.
Pollard took his official visit to Notre Dame for the Stanford game, and will return the first weekend in December for the banquet.
You can bet Pollard's large family will be huddled around their televisions tuned into NBC next fall.
Here is a look at how the rest of Notre Dame's verbal commitments played this past weekend.
***E.J. Banks: In a must-win game to make the playoffs, Banks played through a pulled groin to lead Montour High to a 28-14 win over West Allegheny.
Banks threw a 13-yard touchdown pass, and added two rushing scores, as Montour improved to 5-4 on the season.
***Alex Bullard: Brentwood Academy (6-3) did not play this past weekend.
***Carlo Calabrese: Calabrese and his Verona (5-1) teammates hosted Kinnelon (5-0) on Sunday.
***Tyler Eifert: Bishop Dwenger (10-0) avoided a huge upset in the first round of the state playoffs, beating East Noble 21-17.
Eifert caught a 27-yard pass on 3rd and 19, to keep alive a drive that resulted in the game-winning score with 19 seconds remaining.
""In the postseason, you don't care how you win as long as you are playing tomorrow," Eifert told the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
***Dan Fox: In front of 11,000 plus fans, Cleveland St. Ignatius defeated rival St. Edward's, 34-12. Fox and his teammates have won nine games in a row, and improve to 9-1.
***Jake Golic: Northwest Catholic (4-2) was off this past weekend.
***Zach Martin: Indianapolis Bishop Chatard drew a first round bye in the state playoffs, so Martin and his teammates were off this past weekend.
Zeke Motta: It was another outstanding effort by Motta and the Vero Beach defense in a 29-6 rout of Jupiter. Motta and company held Jupiter to just 26 first half yards in opening a 13-0 lead at intermission.
***Nyshier Oliver: St. Peter's Prep (5-2) continues to roll the opposition, hammering Memorial, 54-0, over the weekend. Oliver and his teammates have outscored their opposition, 252-6 in their last five games.
Oliver carried the ball nine times for 90 yards, including touchdown runs of 36 and five yards.
***Theo Riddick: Riddick and his Immaculata (6-1) teammates were shocked this weekend, losing to North Hunterdon, 17-7. The loss snaps a 28-game Skyland conference winning streak the Spartans had, dating back to 2005.
***Tyler Stockton: The Hun School (4-3) fell to Sayreville, 21-7.
***Nicholas Tausch: The future Irish kicker nailed a 53-yard field goal in Dallas Jesuit's (2-6) 49-17 loss to Allen.
***Ben Turk: The punter wasn't needed in St. Thomas Aquinas' 49-8 rout of South Broward. The nation's top-ranked team improved to 7-0.
***Chris Watt: An injured ankle kept the five-star Watt out of Glenbard West's 9-0 victory over Hinsdale Central. The win clinches the West Suburban Silver title for the 9-0 Hilltoppers.
Watt suited up and warmed up, but didn't play.
***Cierre Wood: The five-star running back rushed for 256 yards and all three touchdowns in a 21-7 win over Oak Park. Santa Clara (7-0) has now won 17 games in a row.
Wood had scoring runs of 66, 34 and 21 yards.