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Coach | 2023 DB Adon Shuler "Super High" On Notre Dame Coming Into Visit

July 19, 2021

Adon Shuler‍ didn’t have the chance to visit many schools last month and with a limited opportunity to hit the road at the end of this month, the 2023 New Jersey defensive back is going to make the most of it.

That’s why the Irvington High School standout will be in South Bend on July 27th for Notre Dame’s Summer BBQ.

“He wanted to make sure Notre Dame is a priority,” Irvington head coach Ashley Pierre told Irish Sports Daily. “Notre Dame is a high priority.”

Penn State was another priority and was one of the two schools Shuler did visit in June.

First-year Notre Dame defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman was well aware of Shuler before arriving in South Bend.

“Coach Freeman and I have known each other for a long time,” says Pierre. “He was excited about Adon when he was at Cincinnati. Adon is a national prospect, so he got to Notre Dame and not too long after he landed, he reached out to me about Adon.

“Him and Chad (Bowden) and those guys knew who he was, knew what he was about, knew what I was about, how I prepare my guys. We've had a lot of national guys that have been in this position. They jumped all over him. They love his playing style, it fits what Freeman has done in the past with defenses. We got on Zoom a couple of times and the phone a couple of times. They love who Adon is and what he's going to become.”

Shuler has since also started building a relationship with Irish safeties coach Chris O’Leary.

“That's been a big deal,” says Pierre. “That's been going strong. We said, 'We got to get out there.'

“Those guys are super excited to get him there and see him.”

And Shuler is excited as well.

“Notre Dame is big-time football,” his coach says. “It's a well-respected program. It's one of the elites when you talk about college football. The tradition that Notre Dame has, speaks for itself.

“Notre Dame being a rich program, rich in tradition and having some Jersey guys out there, it makes a ton of sense for him to make sure he gets out there and sees the place, sees the program, sees the people and for him to take it all in.”

Pierre points to Shuler’s age as an indicator for how high his ceiling is.

“He just turned 15, so he's a young kid,” the coach says. “In New Jersey, we've got kids playing unlimited Pop Warner at 14 years old and Adon was able to play at an exceptionally high level with us at the age of 14 last season.

“He hasn't even scratched the surface. He's long. He's physical as hell. He's being coached by some guys who played at the highest level who demand a certain amount. We demand so much as far as coaching, that's only going to make him even better. He hasn't even scratched the surface. He's got a lot of football ahead of him. He's young as hell and he's only going to get better and bigger and stronger, faster.”

Situations can be different, but in general, Pierre doesn’t encourage his kids to let the process play out longer than it needs to.

“Adon will take his time, but he won't take his time. With me, it's all about the player and the family. If they love something, we're not going to wait to try to love it more. We try to take a professional and business approach to it. Right now, he's super high on Notre Dame, so we're hoping this visit goes well.”

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