One of the class of 2019’s top running backs is in the process of planning a visit to Notre Dame.
Cesare “Chez” Mellusi, a four-star from Naples (Fla.) Naples who picked up an offer from the Irish earlier this summer, said he intends to make it to South Bend for a game this fall.
Though nothing is set up yet, Mellusi said it’s trip the absolutely wants to take.
“When September first hits and coaches can start contacting me, I think that’s going to open up a lot of dates,” Mellusi said. “I don’t have visits set yet, but I definitely want to take a visit to Notre Dame."
The 6-foot, 175-pound Mellusi said he’s eager to make the trip because he is intrigued by the combination of academics and athletics Notre Dame has to offer.
“I definitely like the academic standpoint,” Mellusi said. “And the history of the team”
Mellusi’s main contact at Notre Dame so far has been running backs coach Autry Denson.
The young four-star said he and Denson hit it off immediately, and became fast friends.
Denson’s Florida roots and Notre Dame background appear to be quite intriguing to Mellusi.
“He’s from Florida and he went to Notre Dame to play running back,” Mellusi said. “He told me a lot about himself and how he grew up in Florida. He went through a lot of the same things I’m going through, and I can really connect with him.”
Mellusi’s Irish offer came from Denson, and the Naples standout said it was a huge moment for him and his family.
“It was a pretty good feeling,” Mellusi said. “With Notre Dame, it’s not really just about football. I just love the whole aspect of the school itself.”
Thanks to Denson, Mellusi already knows a lot about how things operate at Notre Dame.
Obviously, Mellusi is excited about the opportunity to play football for Notre Dame, but what really has Mellusi fired up about the Irish is the future a Notre Dame degree can provide him.
“I want to go the NFL,” Mellusi said. “But if that doesn’t happen, if I have a degree from Notre Dame, I can get a job pretty much anywhere. It’s a historic school and if you have a degree from Notre Dame you can go anywhere.”