Notre Dame hosted prospects from around the country for their home match up with USC on Saturday, but they also had several from within their home state borders in attendance, including junior defensive end Elijah Daniel of Avon High.
"It was really nice, really nice facilities," Daniel said. "The Irish Walk, I didn't expect that. The fans were real crazy and saying, 'Come to Notre Dame.'"
The 6-4, 253-pound Daniel was there to enjoy the game, but also to evaluate Notre Dame's defense and his potential fit.
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"I would fit pretty good because they run a 3-4," Daniel said. "I think I could play both defensive end and outside linebacker."
Daniel attended the game with his brother, Montez Robinson, a former four-star recruit who is now working on playing professional football.
"My defensive end coach and Coach [Chuck] Martin were asking how things were going, talking about my season and to keep up the great work," Daniel said. "They were talking more about me to my brother. They [told him] they thought I was a great player, continue working and eventually it would come."
The list of visitors at Notre Dame on Saturday included some of the top junior prospects in the Midwest, which gave Daniel a chance to meet some of his fellow highly-touted classmates.
"I got to know Taco [Charlton], the d-end from Ohio, and a running back from Ohio named Jalin [Marshall] who I heard was real good," Daniel said. "Of course I saw Jaylon Smith from up in Fort Wayne. Leading up to the game and before we sat down we were all hanging out."
Next up for Daniel is a trip to Alabama on Nov. 5 for the Crimson Tide's home contest against LSU. He made a visit earlier this month to Florida and picked up an offer from the Gators on that trip. Daniel now holds five offers from Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Marshall and Purdue.
Daniel helped Avon High move to 9-1 on the season with a 35-26 win over Terre Haute North in the first round of the Indiana state playoffs on Friday night. He finished the game with a sack, several quarterback hurries and a handful of tackles.