Ohio running back buying in on Notre Dame football atmosphere

The Notre Dame football program has impressed Shahn Alston with the atmosphere and tradition of gameday.

Notre Dame defense celebrate after a safety
Notre Dame defense celebrate after a safety / Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sports
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Over the years, the Notre Dame football team has definitely been able to sell itself thanks to its rich history. Count 2026 running back Shahn Alston among those who is quite impressed by the past and present, and the atmosphere all around the Fighting Irish.

Alston went to South Bend for a Notre Dame football game last fall and he was quite impressed with everything he saw there. Now the 5-foot-10, 196 pound prospect out of Ohio is heading back this spring.

Alston will be in town on April 5 and when he comes back, he’s hoping that he’s still going to see the things that sold him on the university during his first unofficial visit.

“Notre Dame was one of the first schools that ever showed me love, especially Power Five schools,” Alston told Irish Sports Daily in a recent interview. “They have a great tradition there. I love the running backs coach from the time I visited for a game this past fall. [Notre Dame football Director of High School Scouting] Dre Brown's  a great guy, so I definitely had to make my way back.”

Could a Notre Dame football offer be coming for Shahn Alston?

Perhaps in part because there’s still a ways until Alston can actually sign on the dotted line, the Irish haven’t given him an official scholarship offer yet. It is of course possible that he could get one when he comes to town next month.

For now, the running back has racked up a decent number of offers from MAC schools. He’s also got the West Virginia Mountaineers courting him. The Big 12 school is the first Power Conference program to give him an offer.

At the moment, Akron is considered the front runner according to On3 with Toledo and West Virginia running second and third. One has to think that an offer from Notre Dame football would vault them into the front of the pack.

We’ll have to see if head coach Marcus Freeman has one up his sleeve.