Notre Dame is still looking for the next Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt. And it looks like they’re still in the running to land a prospect who might be even more highly touted than both in 5-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary.
In the days following The Opening, Gary’s stock is sky high. And while most have wondered why Notre Dame wasn’t in the mix for the all-everything New Jersey native from Paramus Catholic, it appears that Gary will give Notre Dame a look before it’s all said and done.
Gary spoke with a few different outlets covering Notre Dame football, and he confirmed plans to get to campus, something that didn’t happen earlier this summer, when Gary visited both Michigan and Ohio State.
“I got a visit planned for Notre Dame, I just don’t have the exact date yet,” Gary told the South Bend Tribune.
Gary’s been in communication with Notre Dame’s staff and has a connection to the Irish program, facing off last season in the state title game against incoming freshman Brandon Wimbush. Gary sacked Wimbush twice, but ended up on the losing side of the title game.
Gary got another dose of Notre Dame this week going up against offensive linemen Parker Boudreaux and Tommy Kraemer. As noted by those in attendance, Boudreaux won a rep or two against Gary, a victory that didn’t go unnoticed by the 5-star prospect who left Beaverton with some serious accolades behind his name.
Now the Irish coaching staff will take to closing the gap on Jim Harbaugh, Nick Saban and Urban Meyer, imposing coaches to say the least. But according to Irish Illustrated, Notre Dame’s still chipping away at Gary—and have him sold on seeing what Notre Dame has to offer.
“They’re cool. I like them because they’re building a relationship with me and also with my family,” Gary told Jake Brown of Irish Illustrated. “We’re right now trying to schedule a visit for me coming up. They said it’s just a place you’ve got to come up and see for yourself.”
New defensive line coach Keith Gilmore was brought in to find and develop top-flight defensive linemen, just like he did at North Carolina. Any chance to make-up ground on Gary’s recruitment would need to start by getting the blue-chipper to campus.