There’s a simple reason Caleb Downs keeps coming back to Notre-Dame.
“The stuff they have after football and prepares you for life,” Georgia’s 2023 safety elite told Irish Sports Daily.
Downs leaned into that “stuff” even more when he returned to South Bend for the Irish Blue-Gold Game this weekend.
“It was good,” Downs said. “I have to talk to alumni, I have to talk to NFL players that they have right now. I got to eat with some of the rookies, watch the game and that’s about it.
The message from Chris O’Leary, Chad Bowden and Marcus Freeman remains the same.
“Come here and grow off the pitch and on the pitch,” Downs said of the Irish staff pitch.
And it was visible this weekend with so many former players in town.
“It was good because you could see for yourself that the networking they’re talking about is real,” said Downs, who added he could see the Irish’s process also working to develop professional players.
His impressions of the Notre Dame coaches are also positive.
“Great men, people to learn from,” he said.
The Mill Creek High School star, who was on his third trip to Notre Dame, also felt he would fit in with other recruits he met on campus.
“The two security commitments (Adon Shulerand Peyton Bowen) they have right now are both good people, good players,” Downs said. “The big d-end ( Keon Keeley) they did, it’s rated #1 d-end, so I know it can go.
Downs’ bid sheet includes Notre Dame, Alabama, Georgia, Clemson, LSU, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Texas A&M and Stanford among several others.
He has a few more unofficials in mind, but hasn’t locked any yet.
He is also starting to consider official visits, but wasn’t ready to say exactly where he might go just yet.
Downs still plans to make a decision before the drop, but hasn’t ruled out adjusting it.
“My previous schedule was late summer and it’s still that, but that could change if it were to happen.”
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