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2024 OL Styles Prescod Blown Away by Notre Dame & Harry Hiestand

January 15, 2023
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2024 Hamilton Southeastern (Ind.) offensive lineman Styles Prescod‍ made the two-hour drive to Notre Dame in the fall to see the Irish beat Cal and take in game day in South Bend. 

On Saturday, the 6-foot-6, 280-pounder returned to Notre Dame with the goal of getting a feel for head coach Marcus Freeman and offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. 

Mission accomplished as Prescod not only got plenty of time with the staff, but he left with an offer from Notre Dame. 

“He took me and my mom into his office and we talked for about two hours,” Prescod said of his time with Hiestand. “He talked about the program and how he does things. We talked about his career and all the things he has been able to do, but also how everything has led him back to Notre Dame. 

“He spoke about how he values coaching the young men he has and that’s his priority. He wants to help them to become the best version of themselves.” 

Perhaps the biggest takeaway Prescod learned on Saturday was the fact Hiestand isn’t going to sugarcoat anything or make promises about being the next great Notre Dame offensive linemen. 

“Coach Hiestand didn’t seem like he was trying to sell me this big story,” explained Prescod. “He was straight up with me. He told me he wasn’t going to guarantee I was going to play my freshman year or guarantee that I would play at all. 

“But if I come to Notre Dame, he would make me the best version of myself and as long as that happens, he can live with somebody not seeing the field if they are turning into the best player they can be. That’s what he’s trying to do. He’s trying to make everyone into the best player and man they can be.” 

Freeman also hit home with his message as he explained everything Notre Dame could offer him on and off the field. 

“He was talking about the education at Notre Dame and what the school could offer in academics and football,” Prescod stated. “Coming to Notre Dame, you can network and have connections for the rest of your life. He said you could interact with billionaires and you don’t even know their name. He talked about building yourself outside of football.” 

Prescod knew a great deal about Notre Dame before the visit and left campus even more impressed after learning some of the finer details. 

“Notre Dame is everything you think it is and more,” Prescod said. “They have a rich history of offensive linemen. The Joe Moore Award is Notre Dame guys. The guys on the trophy are five Notre Dame offensive linemen. 

“I talked with a whole bunch of coaches, the offensive coordinator, special teams coaches and some of the commits on campus.” 

As of Sunday, Notre Dame has the No. 3 ranked recruiting class in 2024 and many of those commits were back on campus. Prescod was able to get to know Notre Dame commits, but also observe how they interacted with each other. 

“They already have a good connection with each other and you can see that,” stated Prescod. “They’re all friends and chopping it up and having a good time. I could definitely see myself fitting in with them.” 

When it comes to a decision, Prescod isn’t in a rush and plans to take a few more visits before narrowing things down. 

“Ideally, I’d like to try to come up with some sort of idea by the end of the summer,” said Prescod. “If I could, I would like not to deal with recruiting during my senior year and just be done with it. If I’m not set, then I’ll keep my options open.” 

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