Notre Dame football impresses Ohio's top prospect in weekend visit

  • Elbert Hill Jr took in the sights for Notre Dame football.
  • The 4-star defensive back out of Archbishop Hoban is among the best in the country.

Hoban wide receiver Elbert Hill IV acknowledges the crowd after his touchdown against Walsh Jesuit
Hoban wide receiver Elbert Hill IV acknowledges the crowd after his touchdown against Walsh Jesuit / Jeff Lange / USA TODAY NETWORK
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The Notre Dame football team has made no secret about the fact that it’s ramped up its recruiting approach since Pot of Gold Day on March 17. A ton of new offers went out, some came back with a commitment just a few hours later and tons of players have commented on how excited they are to be offered a spot in the Fighting Irish’s plans.

One of the players that Marcus Freeman and company hope have a long future in South Bend is one Elbert Hill. The 2026 prospect is among the best in his class and according to On3, he’s the top rated player in the state of Ohio.

Hill was on campus in the last few days for an unofficial visit and it appears as though the Notre Dame football program offered up enough that he’s quite impressed. Hill talked about what he saw, what shocked him the most and where he’s going from here to Irish Sports Daily.

“It was very good, very intense, players competing and getting after it,” he told the site. Hill added that he got to spend quite a bit of time with Freeman and feels as though the two really forged a relationship.

“He was telling me how I'm an amazing player and that he loved my game and that when I'm choosing into college to make sure to see what they have for me after football,” said Hill. “It's not just football.”

Notre Dame football can offer a life after the game

The Fighting Irish are in a unique situation that stands out from some fo the other school that HIll is looking at in that regard. While Ohio State, Michigan and Penn State are all vying for the athlete, Notre Dame is a top of the line academic program.

Freeman’s comments about life after someone’s playing days is a pitch he’s done before. It’s one that strikes home with those who go to South Bend. 

It struck home enough for Elbert Hill that he’s now planning on coming back at least one more time. Here’s hoping Notre Dame football can get an official visit over the summer.