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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2023 ATH Sonny Styles High on Notre Dame & Hopes to See More Offers Soon

March 10, 2021

2023 Pickerington Central (Ohio) Sonny Styles‍ is a name Midwest recruiting fans are well aware of at this point. The 6-foot-4, 208-pounder is one of the more unique prospects in the country and the Midwest powers are already letting him know they love his versatility. 

 "Ohio State has talked to me about playing an outside linebacker spot and moving around," Styles told ISD. "Notre Dame is talking to me about what I want to personally play. They were talking about me playing that Rover spot. 

"It kind of all depends on how I fill out. I could get two inches taller and be 6-foot-6. You just never know." 

Michigan recently entered the mix with an offer and had the same message as the Buckeyes and Irish. 

"Coach (Ron) Bellamy said he watched my film and that I was a great athlete," stated Styles. "He's interested to see what I can do. He was talking to me about regardless of how big I get, I need to get my little man skills." 

New Notre Dame defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman was able to get in touch with the Pickerington Central (Ohio) star last week and Styles came away impressed. 

"I really like him," Styles said. "He's really cool. He has a lot of knowledge of the game and he could definitely help me become a better player." 

Styles is super grateful for offers from Indiana, Miami (Ohio), Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Toledo, but he has become a little frustrated with the perception he's going to Columbus or South Bend for college. 

The Ohio native is continuing to be patient and hopes other schools take the chance to start a relationship with him. 

"It's definitely something to be happy about," Styles explained. "My recruitment has been pretty slow for me. It seems like a lot of coaches are getting the idea I'm going to Ohio State or Notre Dame. I really want to get the opportunity to build relationships with coaches from different programs from across the country.

"I try not to worry about it too much. I know eventually it will start coming around." 

Basketball just wrapped up for Styles and his attention will now turn towards the offseason. The goal will be to add weight and simply improve as an athlete. 

"I kind of just work on everything," stated Styles. "I want to gain some weight and try to get to the 215-220 range by next season. I'll probably just train with my dad. I might go train with a few other people my dad knows, but it'll be more with my dad."

Styles is also patiently waiting for the chance to get out and visit different programs to meet coaches. The dead period runs through the end of May and he's hopeful of getting on the road this summer. 

"It really sucks, because getting on campus and getting to talk to the coaches face-to-face is part of the experience," said Styles. "With this dead period, it's tough right now. Hopefully, it ends soon enough and I'll get to visit different schools and coaches.

"I want to visit all the schools that have offered me. I'll definitely go to Northwestern."

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