Tracking the trail: Notre Dame recruiting trips 1-12

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The final contact period before signing day opened up on Thursday and Notre Dame's coaches immediately hit the road. ND Insider takes a look at where the Irish coaching staff has been.

And...here we go!#Fightszn is under way. Coaches on the road. Two big recruiting weekends to plan out.

Have to love the #griND ☘️

— Aaryn Kearney (@aarynkearney) January 12, 2017

New special teams coordinator Brian Polian started the Twitter hype on Wednesday night. In his first day back on the recruiting trail for Notre Dame, Polian watched defensive end Jalen Harris play basketball.

Cannot wait to get back on the road tomorrow to go find the next members of the Fighting Irish family!

— Brian Polian (@BrianPolian) January 12, 2017

Recruiting coordinator Mike Elston headed down to Oklahoma. He checked out defensive tackle Deontre Thomas, a 2017 Nebraska commit, and made an in-home visit with safety Evan Fields.

✈️ Oklahoma City!!#Fightszn

— Mike Elston (@CoachMikeElston) January 12, 2017

Great home visit with Notre Dame! #GoIrish ☘️ #IRISHEL17Epic.twitter.com/oalO8pQCfx

— Evan Fields (@Evan4_) January 13, 2017

Head coach Brian Kelly joined the hashtag train by using both #FightSZN and #tictoc. More importantly, he spent his first day of the contact period with wide receiver commit Michael Young and running backs coach Autry Denson.

Our time is now.

Time to get #FightSZN going!#tictocpic.twitter.com/yijqdStAiG

— Brian Kelly (@CoachBrianKelly) January 12, 2017

Never a dull moment with these guys! Thanks again for making the visit a great one! #WeAreND#GoIrish ☘️ pic.twitter.com/nKtz3S2yB2

— Michael Young (@_LikeMike10_) January 13, 2017

Defensive backs coach Todd Lyght made a trip to Arkansas to meet with recently offered cornerback Tre Norwood. Norwood dropped his commitment to Louisville shortly after meeting with Lyght.

God got me. pic.twitter.com/M4C1Wx0Cu3

— Tre Norwood (@trenorwood_3) January 13, 2017

New offensive coordinator Chip Long capped his first day recruiting for Notre Dame in Texas with wide receiver target Gavin Holmes. Long started the day in Iowa with wide receiver target Oliver Martin.

Appreciate @CoachChipLong for stopping by tonight! #WeAreND ☘️ pic.twitter.com/MegZQ7t7Kk

— Gavin Holmes® (@Gavin_Holmes23) January 13, 2017

New defensive coordinator Mike Elko met with linebacker commit David Adams. They were joined by linebackers coach Clark Lea on the same day he was announced as the newest addition to the staff.

Great time tonight with two very good coaches, and even better men. Go Irish! pic.twitter.com/dX2SMkdnNF

— DAVID ADAMS (@David_Adams1335) January 13, 2017

Great first day talking Notre Dame to young men who truly understand what life is really about! Success in all aspects of life. #GoIrish

— Coach Mike Elko (@CoachMikeElko) January 13, 2017

Offensive line coach Harry Hiestand spent his time in Pennsylvania with visits to see offensive line commit Josh Lugg and 2018 quarterback commit Phil Jurkovec.

Head coach Brian Kelly and running backs coach Autry Denson made an in-home visit with wide receiver commit Michael Young on Jan. 12, 2017. (Photo via Twitter)