Artavis Scott wasn’t expecting much of what he experience when he visited Notre Dame earlier this week.
Not the scenic campus, not the history, and certainly not the recruiting pitch presented by his recruiting coach, Irish assistant Tony Alford.
The class of 2014 Scott, a receiver and cornerback at East Lake High (Tarpon Springs, Fla.) left with quite an impression.
“The most I talked to one-on-one was coach Tony Alford,” Scott said. “He’s a nice guy. He talked to me like no other recruiter, no other coach. He was asking me what I would want to play. He basically put it on me on what I want to do. He didn’t talk to me like a recruiter.”
Scott’s talents fit into Irish coach Brian Kelly’s recruiting philosophy of finding tremendous athletes and plugging them into needed slots. And giving Scott the option of where to play is important, although his decision may be as difficult as figuring out which school he wants to attend.
“It would probably have to be out of a hat,” Scott said. “I think wherever they fit me at I would do well. It doesn’t matter to me. I like playing both sides of the ball.
“I’m probably better at receiver because that’s what I work at more.”
As for the tour of campus, Scott enjoyed the mix of history and aesthetics.
“They have the same weight room, same locker room as when they started,” he said. “It’s still the same way. The stadium is still the same. Everything is still the same.
“It looks so beautiful. Everything looks so good. All their buildings with all the brick …they look nice. It looks like a comfortable feeling, a comfortable environment all around.”
Landing Scott, though, will be no easy chore.
The 6-foot, 180-pounder counts Florida, Florida State and Ohio State among his offer list, which also has Notre Dame on it. However, distance won’t factor into his decision.
“I already talked to my mom about it. She said wherever I decide to go, she’ll be at every game,” Scott said. “So that’s not an issue. The academics have to be top notch because if I don’t make it in football, I need something fall back on. And even if it does work out, I need an education to get a job after it is done.”
In the fall, Scott said he is eyeing unofficial visits to Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State for games but nothing is scheduled.