Prince Shembo (6-foot-2, 225-pounds) will be one of several top recruiting targets visiting Notre Dame at the end of the month. The standout defensive end will also make two other stops besides South Bend.
"Everything is going really good and everything is really smooth right now," Shembo responded when asked about his recruitment. "I'm enjoying the recruiting process. I'm going to go up and see Notre Dame and then take a couple more recruiting visits. Tennessee is the 17th of June, Notre Dame is the 25th and 26th and then sometime in July I'll visit Virginia Tech. Those are the big schools along with Wake Forest, North Carolina, N.C. State and Virginia that are in the mix.
"I'm going to fly up to Chicago and then drive over to Notre Dame. I've never been up to Chicago so I'll get to see that for the first time."
Notre Dame offered Shembo a scholarship in early March, and they have stayed in close contact with him.
"Everything is going pretty well with Notre Dame," Shembo said. "I've gotten a couple of emails from coach Weis, and I stay in touch with coach Brown all the time. He's come to my school a lot to see me. We talk all the time. He's told me to do the research on all the schools. I've done my research and I've seen Notre Dame has good facilities, a good education and die-hard fans. I like what I saw.
"I'm Catholic, and I was raised going to Catholic schools and Notre Dame is generally everyone's main goal after going to a Catholic middle, a Catholic high school. I love the Catholic schools and Notre Dame has a good program. They're getting a lot of good recruits and in the future, I think they're going to be a good team. They also have a great education."
Recruiting fans might have to wait to hear Shembo's college decision, despite his upcoming visits. He hasn't set a firm date, but it appears he won't make an announcement until the fall.
"I don't know when I'll decide," he explained "We're going to see all these schools and see what happens. I think my dad would like me to take some official visits and decide sometime in October, and my coach would like me to make a decision before the season. I don't know what I'll do at this point, it really just depends on how I feel, but I'll talk to my father about it. It's really my father's call."
As a junior, Shembo tallied 90 tackles, 10 sacks, two interceptions, two fumbles caused and one fumble recovered.