Notre Dame continues to evaluate junior prospects from across the country and has communicated with a student-athlete at a high school the Irish program is already familiar with.
Defensive coordinator Mike Elko has reached out to Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep outside linebacker Shayne Simon. Former tight ends coach Scott Booker had been in contact with the three-star previously.
“I was thankful and I hope to stay in touch,” the 6-2, 195-pound Simon said of Elko reaching out. “It just tells me that he’s interested and I am as well. I hope to build a relationship.”
“We’ve talked about it a little and they are excited about it,” Simon said of the Ademilola twins. “They’ve just told me I’ve got to get on campus and see everything, and I’ll love it.”
Simon isn’t sure when he will make his way to South Bend, but it is something he wants to do.
Despite not having an offer from Notre Dame, Simon said he has high interest in the program.
“Notre Dame has exceptional academics as well as elite athletics,” Simon said. “It also carries around a great legacy. It would be special to be offered by them.”
Simon has an impressive early offer list which includes Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, UCLA and Northwestern.
According to MaxPreps, Simon recorded 55 tackles, four interceptions and three sacks as a junior.
“I think I did well this past season,” Simon said. “I just tried to be as versatile as I could and help my team wherever we need it. Going into the next season I just want to get better really at everything especially technique.
“Overall, I’d say I am versatile and can play multiple packages.”
Simon said it is too early in his process for leaders in his recruitment. He only made it to Rutgers this fall and is hoping to visit as many programs as he can this winter and spring.