Notebook: WR Demetris Robertson's decision looms

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Nearly three months after signing day, 2016 wide receiver recruit Demetris Robertson is ready to make a commitment.

The five-star prospect from Savannah, Ga., will announce his commitment Sunday at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta in a ceremony starting at 1 p.m. EDT.

Because the deadline to sign a National Letter of Intent passed on April 1, Robertson’s decision will be non-binding. It won’t become final until he enrolls in summer classes at the school of his choice.

Robertson, whose recruitment was drawn out as he attempted to attain an SAT score that would allow him to take an official visit to Stanford, ended up using all five of his official visits to Notre Dame, Cal, Georgia Tech, Alabama and Georgia. His latest SAT score won’t be known until later this month.

“When he commits, that is where he is going to go,” Carlos Robertson, Demetris’ older brother and legal guardian, recently told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Demetris Robertson’s trips to Alabama and Georgia came after signing day and in the weeks following Notre Dame’s push for Robertson by sending the Irish football equipment truck, an 18-wheeler known as “ND One,” to Savannah.

Robertson reportedly signed financial aid agreements with Georgia, Cal and Georgia Tech, which reserves him a scholarship at each school without locking him in to that school. Robertson’s only visit to Notre Dame came for the season opener against Texas in September.

The 6-foot, 175-pound recruit ranks as the No. 1 wide receiver in the 2016 class according to Rivals and 247Sports.

Kaindoh headed elsewhere

Notre Dame will have to keep looking for its first defensive end commit of the 2017 class.

Joshua Kaindoh — a 6-foot-5, 241-pound defensive end from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. — announced his verbal commitment to Maryland via Twitter on Saturday. He visited Notre Dame for the team's Blue-Gold Game this month and included the Irish in his final four shortly thereafter. IMG Academy teammates Spencer Perry and Tony Jones Jr. will join Notre Dame as true freshmen in the 2016 season.

Kaindoh was ranked as a five-star prospect and the top defensive end in the 2017 class by both Rivals and a four-star prospect and the country's No. 4 weak side defensive end by 247Sports.

Recruiting travels

Notre Dame’s coaching staff has hit the road hard in the first two weeks of the evaluation period. The assistant coaches have spread across the country to see top recruits in the 2017 and 2018 classes.

As of Friday afternoon, ND Insider confirmed the Irish coaching staff making stops in 18 different states: Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Missouri, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas, Arizona, Nevada and Utah.

Head coaches are not allowed to make visits during the current evaluation period. Instead, Brian Kelly spent Thursday and Friday in Chicago at the NFL Draft. Kelly’s appearances on ESPN and NFL Network also count as a helpful recruiting tool for the Irish with many high school prospects tuning in to watch the draft coverage.

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Five-star wide receiver recruit Demetris Robertson received a visit from Notre Dame's coaching staff Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Rivals)