Offer No. 12 for Kettering (Ohio) Archbishop Alter cornerback Nick Coleman came in on Friday from Notre Dame, and presents some interesting story lines in the three-star prospect's recruitment.
"Growing up Notre Dame was my squad. Every kid has their favorite team and they were my favorite team," Coleman said. "I have heard the worst of the worst about Notre Dame and I've heard the best of the best. I want to go up there and see what it is like for myself."
Coleman's connections to Notre Dame go much deeper than just growing up a fan, however, and sorting through how those connections will play into his recruitment is his challenge now.
"My dad actually went there," Coleman said. "My dad was a five-star recruit coming out of high school and he went up there and didn't like it… left after his first year. My mom and my dad are kind of skeptical, but I just want to go up there and see it for myself."
The Notre Dame side of the recruitment is being presented by assistant coach Mike Elston, who informed Coleman of the Fighting Irish's offer on Friday.
"I just got off the phone with Coach Elston," Coleman said. "I talked to him about five times now and we've talked about everything. He's a nice guy and I like him a lot. He told me how Notre Dame was and how much they thought of me."
Coleman also has a connection to Notre Dame through former Archbishop Alter quarterback Malik Zaire, who is entering his second year with the Irish's football program.
"Malik and I, we've been friends forever," Coleman said. "Ever since he went off to college I haven't talked to him, but I actually talked to his grandparents - I went to their house last weekend - about all of this."
Offers from 11 schools preceded Friday's tender from Notre Dame, and Coleman has been looking at programs like Boston College, Cincinnati, Duke, Indiana, Illinois and Pitt strongly. He is entering an important stretch of his recruitment and the Notre Dame offer gives him another option to consider.
"It definitely does change things," Coleman said. "I still have my core schools I am looking at, but they're definitely up there. I haven't officially made a top three or a top five."
Coleman will camp at Michigan State this Sunday. He will then visit Duke on June 7, Pitt on June 14 and Indiana on June 20. A trip to Notre Dame will try to be worked in during that stretch, and Coleman is aiming for a July commitment.