Newly offered DB B.J. Crim 'liked everything about' Notre Dame visit

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

Defensive back B.J. Crim was the only recruit to arrive on Notre Dame's campus for an official visit this past weekend without having an Irish scholarship offer. That changed on Sunday when the three-star prospect received a Notre Dame offer near the end of his visit.

The 6-foot, 195-pound senior at Ocala (Fla.) Vanguard added Notre Dame to an offer list that already included Louisville, Wake Forest, Central Florida and Iowa State. 247Sports slates Crim as the No. 110 safety in the 2018 class. '

Crim discussed his Notre Dame offer with ND Insider, recapped his official visit and talked about his conversations with head coach Brian Kelly, defensive coordinator Mike Elko, defensive backs coach Todd Lyght and running backs coach Autry Denson.

ND Insider: What was your overall impression of the visit?

Crim: “It was amazing. I liked everything about it. The fans, the coaches, the community, the players, the bond they have with each other. It was all good.”

NDI: How did you find out about the offer?

Crim: “Coach Elko told me.”

NDI: Did you feel pretty good about that offer happening coming into the visit?

Crim: “Yeah.”

NDI: What did he tell you about how you fit in the defense and what they like in you as a player?

Crim: “They like everything about me as a football player. They like that I have corner skills and that I can play corner and safety. They’re going to use me mainly as a safety.”

NDI: What did you think of the way Notre Dame’s defense played Saturday night?

Crim: “It was amazing. They put on a show. It was a shutout if you ask me. A few mistakes, but in a big rivalry game like that, to beat SC like that, I’d call that a good shutout for the defense.”

NDI: Who did you get to spend time with on your visit to get a better idea of what Notre Dame is all about?

Crim: “I finally got to meet all the coaches. I got to meet a lot of the players. They showed me a good time. All of it was a good time. Since I got off the plane, everything was good. They showed me that they needed me and that I’d be a big asset for them.”

NDI: What’s next for you in the recruiting process? Do you have any other visits lined up?

Crim: “I have Wake Forest. That’s the one I know for now. I’m still setting them up.”

NDI: Do you have a timeline of when you want to make a decision?

Crim: “I’m going to give it some time. Maybe in December I’ll know for sure. But I’m going to give it some time, and we’ll see where it goes from there.”

NDI: Which of the Notre Dame coaches have you gotten to know well?

Crim: “Coach Lyght. Coach Kelly. I got to meet him in person for the first time. Coach Denson. I met every coach. They all showed me a good time. They all came and talked to me and told me about themselves and the good things about Notre Dame. They didn’t try to be too biased. They kept it straightforward.”

NDI: Obviously academics is a big part of Notre Dame. What’s your comfort level with what Notre Dame has to offer there? How much did you get to know about what kind of a challenge that would be?

Crim: “I know that would be a big challenge for me, because going to Notre Dame is a challenge. Staying on top of myself and making sure I’m where I need to be is going to be a challenge, but I’m willing to accept that.”


Twitter: @TJamesNDI

Three-star safety B.J. Crim, a 2018 recruit, reported a Notre Dame offer following his official visit for the USC game. (Photo courtesy of Student Sports)