Rivals250 cornerback Shaun Crawford made his commitment to Notre Dame on Father's Day, but this was a decision he has been pondering for nearly a month.
"I pretty much knew Notre Dame was where I wanted to go after my visit," Crawford said. "As soon as I walked off campus it was a matter of when I wanted to announce that. It was something I felt in my heart was the right thing to do. My parents were behind me no matter where I went."
Crawford made the visit to Notre Dame in mid-May. He was committed to Michigan at that time, but de-committed shortly after his trip to South Bend and made his commitment official on Sunday, tweeting "Making my Dad PROUD on Father's Day… I officially committed to the University of Notre Dame."
"The campus is beautiful," Crawford said. "I feel I can wake up every day and go towards something new every day on that campus. There is always something to do and just the feel of the campus is amazing.
"The education is up there with Harvard. That is where the 'making my father proud,' came from. Even though he didn't have a preference on where I went, having a son go to Notre Dame, any parent would be proud."
The academic and campus aspects of his visit may have been the icing on the cake for Crawford because the Notre Dame coaching staff, especially cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks, sold Crawford.
"For me what determined it was my one-on-one meeting with Coach Cooks," Crawford said. "I felt comfortable with him being my coach for the next four years. How I would fit in the program to where they are in the secondary right now, but mainly he just sold Notre Dame and the opportunity I had."
After stepping away from his initial commitment, Crawford took the time to make sure this commitment was certain before making it official.
"I am 100 percent," Crawford said. "I let other colleges know I was sold on Notre Dame and appreciated that opportunity they gave me.
"I love where I am at right now. I felt relieved and was excited the entire day. I am still excited and it is a dream come true. Notre Dame, I never thought I could go there, but God has blessed me with talents and I'm just making the most of it."
Crawford is commitment No. 13 in the 2015 class for Notre Dame, and he plans to help the Irish finish strong before National Signing Day.
"I want to get Justin Hilliard real bad," Crawford said. "I have been talking to him a lot. We requested to room with each other in Oregon at The Opening.
"Jashon Cornell is a d-end from Minnesota and I've talked to him a little bit. With the kids who are already committed, to add either one of them - we are already a great class and with them we'd be dynamic.
"I'm also working on Dre'Mont Jones from St. Ignatius. He is going to be at Notre Dame on Friday along with Justin and I. I plan on bugging them a little bit this weekend and seeing where they're minds are at."
The 5-foot-9, 165-pound Crawford attends St. Edward High School near Cleveland. He is the No. 111 overall player in the nation and the No. 13 cornerback prospect in the 2015 class.