Notre Dame football turning up the heat on top CB prospect

Marcus Freeman took the Notre Dame football recruiting apparatus on the road to see one of the Irish's top targets.
Notre Dame football Head Coach Marcus Freeman arrives
Notre Dame football Head Coach Marcus Freeman arrives / Alberto Silva Fernandez/ El Paso Times /

It appears as though the Notre Dame football coaching staff has unlocked a heck of a move when it comes to recruiting. Marcus Freeman and company are all about that basketball life these days.

Earlier this week, Freeman and a few of his assistants took in one of quarterback commit Deuce Knight’s basketball games. Not long after that, Freeman did the same thing with Mark Zackery.

The situations are a bit different of course, Knight is one of the more solid commits in the 2025 class. Zackery is still a free agent. However, he’s very obviously one of the Fighting Irish’s top targets, especially in the secondary.

There may be a hint about how much longer Zackery is going to be a free agent in that visit. Not long after the defensive back took a trip to South Bend, Tom Loy and Steve Wiltfong of 247Sports put in Crystal Balls for the 4-star prospect.

Both experts believe he’s going to commit to the Notre Dame football team sometime in the very near future. It seems like perhaps these basketball game visits are a way for Marcus Freeman to let everyone know that he’s buttoned things down and everyone else can just go home.

You might remember that when he did pay a visit to Deuce Knight’s basketball game, there was another coach there. However Lane Kiffin was stuck sitting way away from everyone else. Meanwhile, Freeman and his staff were all huddled around Knight’s family.

Notre Dame football trying to lock down top corner target

With the Fighting Irish looking like the team to beat for Zackery, it would be quite the accomplishment if they could reel him in. Teams like Georgia, Michigan and Ohio state have all come calling.

Freeman has shown he knows how to stand out and it looks like the Notre Dame football has a finishing move.