‘Truly Elite’ Recruit Raves About Notre Dame Visit

first_imgA general view of the Golden Dome on Notre Dame's campus.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 19: A general view of the “Golden Dome” on the campus of Notre Dame University before a game between the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Michigan State Spartans on September 19, 2009 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)When rankings for most of the class of 2022 roll around, expect New Jersey cornerback Jaeden Gould to be pretty close to the top. The rising high school sophomore already has the attention of many of college football’s elite programs.Gould, who stars for Garden State power Bergen Catholic, hasn’t been ranked yet, but is a cinch to be a blue-chip prospect. 247Sports’ Tom Loy recently referred to him as one of the “truly elite” prospects in the class.The offers match as well. He currently claims 14 offers, including Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame , Penn State, and Texas A&M.Jaeden Gould took a recent visit to check out Notre Dame football, and was blown away.The Fighting Irish recruit New Jersey pretty hard, with five players from the state on the roster right now, and another two set to join in the class of 2020. Gould has a ton of options already, and years to make a decision, but Brian Kelly and his staff seem to have put themselves in a solid spot here early in the 2022 cycle.From 247:“It was amazing,” said Gould of his time at Notre Dame. “I didn’t know what to expect because I had never been down there. I liked the campus a lot. All of the facilities were outstanding and the coaches were amazing.”Gould raved about coaches Mike Elston and Clark Lea, who are both high up on the Fighting Irish defensive staff. The program tradition and the impressive facilities both impressed as well.“Just the tradition that they have,” said Gould, when asked what left the most lasting impression of the trip. “There are a lot of old things around campus, but they are all historic and important. Things like Touchdown Jesus or the dome, everything is amazing.“It’s huge,” added Gould of the new indoor facility at Notre Dame. “They have the big video screens so you can see what’s going on at practice. It was definitely top notch.”It is still way too early to say that Notre Dame has cemented itself as a favorite here, but Gould does plan on making a return trip for a game this fall. That is a very good sign.[247Sports]last_img read more