When Devon Carrington (6-foot-0, 183-pounds) committed to Stanford in late June, Notre Dame fans figured that the Irish would need to look elsewhere to fill their need at the safety position.
"They've always been in the mix," Carrington replied when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "The reason I committed to Stanford is because I liked the school a lot. The main thing that made me commit so early to Stanford was that I wanted to hold a spot just in case anything filled up before signing day. That was the main thing really.
"I just want to reevaluate my decision by visiting some of these other schools. I'm going to take a visit (to Notre Dame) October 17 for the USC game. When I made my decision I wasn't able to check out Notre Dame and a couple of other schools. I just want to make sure that I make the right decision come signing day."
Carrington could still end up playing his football at Stanford, but he's going to take a look at Arizona and Arizona State in addition to Notre Dame. The Irish coaching staff hopes he lands in South Bend, and they didn't waste any time reaching out to Devon once the recruiting contact period began September 1.
"I actually just got off the phone with coach Hart," Carrington said. "He's been the main guy that's been keeping me up to date with everything. He just wants me to take the visit and get up there and have the full Notre Dame experience. He said, whether you decide to come to Notre Dame or not, at least you've come and seen it. That's the main thing. He's trying to make sure that I know everything that I need to know in order to make the right decision… whether it's Notre Dame or not.
"It's pretty important what a team does this year. You want to see the attitude they have on the field. Playing time is a major factor for me, and I'm looking at that. Obviously Notre Dame has a pretty prime situation for that. But I'm looking at everything and I'll take a look at everything on my visits."
Notre Dame has already snagged one former Stanford commitment, safety Chris Badger, and the two prep stars bumped into each other while competing in a recent 7-on-7 tournament.
"I actually saw Chris at the Gridiron King that was held in Florida," Carrington explained. "We were actually on the same team. We really didn't talk much about recruiting, but he was pretty cool about it. He just told me that the Notre Dame visit kind of blew him away. He said that he didn't have anything against Stanford and that it is a great school. We were mainly just having fun and kicking back with everybody else.
"He's a pretty good player. You can tell that he's a more aggressive safety. E was making a lot of plays downhill. If he had pads on he would have taken a few guy out. He's not bashful."