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2022 ATH Reggie Fleurima Gets Better Feel For Notre Dame, Irish Staff

December 14, 2019
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Reggie Fleurima‍ visited Notre Dame several times as a youngster and the 2022 Illinois athlete has even made it back for a couple recruiting trips over the last year, but Saturday was a little different.

“It was good,” Fleurima told Irish Sports Daily after the trip. “I enjoyed the atmosphere. I hadn’t gotten a chance to see behind the scenes like of practice and stuff. I finally got to see what a practice like for a college football team.

“They practice real smooth. Everything is really sharp. It was just a cool experience. That was my first time watching a practice.”

Fleurima and the other visitors also had a photoshoot and ate lunch with the staff.

“During lunch, I talked to Coach (Brian) Kelly and a few other coaches. I talked to Coach (Del) Alexander, Coach (Terry) Joseph and Coach (Tom) Rees.

“They were just asking us how we’re doing and stuff and how our seasons went. They basically just asked what we thought of practice and stuff. They gave us some details on what they’re doing with the bowl and preparation and stuff.”

The Naperville High School standout appreciated the opportunity to get to know the coaches.

“I like them,” he said. “I actually got to talk to them a little bit and know them better. Previous visits I didn’t really get to talk to them much. One of them was at a camp and it was all hectic and they were evaluating everyone. The other time was at a football game, when obviously you can’t see them as much because they’re coaching and they have to worry about a game.

“This was the first experience where I got to talk to all of them and they didn’t have anything else to worry about. They could just sit back and relax and have normal conversations.”

Fleurima has offers from Illinois, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, Oregon State and Virginia Tech among others. The Irish coaches explained where they are in the evaluation process with him.

“They’re trying to figure out where they see me fitting in with their program,” he said. “As of right now, I’m a receiver and an athlete, but if I fill in more and get bigger, Coach Rees said he could see me as an outside linebacker or an athletic tight end type. He said they were still evaluating me with that.”

The 6-foot-2, 190-pound sophomore played some tight end this year and will play some tight end next year.

“Hopefully I get good enough film and they like it and consider me and I can show that I’m more versatile,” he said.

Fleurima was also in attendance for the Irish basketball team’s win over UCLA.

“It was nice,” he said. “I’ve been to one basketball game before a few years back. It was good to be back and watch them play.”

He’s considering visits to Michigan State and Purdue next month.

 
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