Despite disappointing losses to Louisville, Ohio State and Clemson, the 2023 season provided quite a bit of reason for optimism for Notre Dame football faithful. The recruiting and the transfer players the Irish brought in have further fueled that optimism.
The thought that the Fighting Irish are on the upswing are not only seen by fans of the Golden Domers. People on the outside see the program trending back up as well. That includes prospects and recruits like Anthony Sacca.
The 6-foot-4 linebacker has 23 offers from all of the best programs in the country. However, in speaking with Irish Sports Daily, he made it clear that Notre Dame has certainly gotten his attention. And it’s the direction he sees them going that is the reason they’ve got his attention.
“I think they have a chance to compete for a national championship year in and year out,” Sacca said. “I have great relationships with my position coaches. Coach Bullough, I think he's really good and he's really sharp. I think Al Golden runs a really good defense.”
Sacca had plenty more to say about the kind of relationships he was able to forge with Notre Dame football coaches over the last few months.
“I have great relationships with both of them. I would say I've been talking to Golden forever, since really the beginning of my recruiting process with Notre Dame. Then, Coach Bullough, I had a chance to sit down with him during the spring. When I came in the spring, we sat down for 45 minutes and we watched film of their practice and he was explaining to me how they ran their defense. So I have two really good relationships with them.”
A Top Pennsylvania LB likes the trajectory of Notre Dame football
It’s certainly a strike in the Irish’s favor that he likes the coaches, but he’s got plenty of other programs that have made an impact as well. This spring he’s been to South Bend, as well as Tuscaloosa to see Alabama. He also checked out Penn State.
Later this spring, he’ll check out Ohio State and then a return visit to Notre Dame before he starts taking official visits to his “top 3 or 4.” It’s here where the Irish will really know where they stand.