This past weekend the University of Notre Dame closed the gap for one of the top safeties in the country. Ohio State has lead almost every step of the way for Ira Guilford of Hoboken, N.J., but after returning from his official visit at Notre Dame things might have changed.
"I loved it," said the 5-foot-11, 190-pound four-star recruit. "It was a great trip and it really blurred things up for me."
Is there a new leader?
"Well I have two that are neck-and-neck, OSU and Notre Dame lead the way. I would say that they’re tied right now."
What did Ira like about Notre Dame?
"Coach Willingham is the man, I really like him. A school like Notre Dame can help set you up for life. The alumni are powerful and I think that's important. This decision is going to be very tough."
Ira has one more trip left. He will take the short car ride to Rutgers University on Jan. 24 for his fifth and final official visit. While Ohio State and Notre Dame are primarily recruiting him as a defensive back, Rutgers would like Ira as a running back. That's important to him, but how important?
"It would be great to play running back in college. That is one of the reasons I’m visiting Rutgers. I want to make sure about everything before I make my decision. I plan on deciding when I return from my Rutgers visit sometime next week."