Nathan Meadors noticed the hospitality not long after stepping on campus.
Coaching staff, players and faculty at Notre Dame all treated the three-star safety from San Bernardino, Calif., like one of their own during his weekend official visit. Meadors took note of it shortly after getting off the plane.
“As soon as I got to South Bend everybody I met was real cool,” Meadors said. “I had a conversation with everybody I met. I was real excited about how the people were treating me and how they just welcomed me like I had been living there for 10 years or something. I got along real well with the coaching staff and all the faculty.”
Meadors got down to business after introductions.
Defensive lineman Sheldon Day served as host to the 6-foot-2, 180-pound prospect one night then linebacker James Onwualu the next. Along the way Meadors met several other players and coaches, including a one-on-one meeting with head coach Brian Kelly before departing.
Kelly delivered a message about potential fit on and off the field to Meadors, who is also considering Oregon and UCLA strongly.
“I’ve seen coach Kelly on TV, so it was pretty interesting,” Meadors said. “He just talked to me about how great of an athlete he feels I am and how he sees me fitting in the program. He just really wants me to be a part of the Notre Dame family. He just really gave me a bunch of great examples of why I should go there. It was a great meeting overall.”
Other coaches, including primary recruiter Bob Elliott, talked with Meadors about the potential path to the field as a freshman.
“They highlighted every time I met with the defensive staff that they only have like two healthy safeties on scholarship coming back,” Meadors said. “That leaves much competition for the recruits coming in and if I were to be able to go there I feel like I’d be able play a lot my freshman year due to that need at safety.”
Next up for Meadors is a meeting with Elliott back home scheduled for Wednesday. Kelly is expected on Jan. 26 for an in-home visit.
Meadors is also looking at a couple more official visits. UCLA is scheduled to host Jan. 30 and a trip to Oregon is in the works for earlier that same week. National Signing Day is the tentative date to announce a commitment.
Notre Dame put itself into better position to compete with UCLA, which had been the lone leader.
“I think it’s probably about even now,” Meadors said. “But once I go on my UCLA trip I’ll know for sure what I want.”