The interest between Notre Dame and Malik Elzy seems to be growing steadily.
The 2023 Illinois wide receiver has been to South Bend several times before, most recently for the Irish spring game in April.
Notre Dame offensive coordinator Tommy Rees and wide receiver coach Chansi Stuckey stopped by Simeon Career Academy in Chicago to watch Elzy during the evaluation period.
Meanwhile, the 6-foot-3, 198-pound player has stayed in touch with the two by phone.
“Coach Stuck’s message is ‘Take your time,'” Elzy says. “’It’s going to be hard, but you’re going to know the right place. You will feel it in your heart.
“Coach Rees just told me they’re missing a receiver; a great receiver and I could be that great player to come and play at Notre Dame and be that great receiver that they need.
Elzy was offered by the Irish last summer. It also has offers from schools like Michigan, Oregon, Illinois, Cincinnati, Purdue, Boston College, Kentucky, Ole Miss, and Tennessee, among others.
Still, he was excited that Stuckey and Rees stopped by his school.
“Man, that was big,” he said. “Notre Dame is a great school, they have a great tradition, so that means a lot to me.”
He has an interesting plan for his official visit program.
“I’m going to take (two) officials, then my last three will probably be the top schools, the last three officials I take,” he said.
He is expected to take officials to Illinois and Cincinnati in early June.
“After them two, I’m going to wait and stop my recruiting and just see my schools and whatever those top three schools are, I’m going to bring some officials and then that’s it,” he said.
“So hopefully I’ll create one with Notre Dame.”
Michigan, Oregon and Purdue are among other contenders for one of these latest official visits, which may not take place until the fall.
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