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2024 Safety Davis Andrews Recaps "Awesome" Notre Dame Experience

April 23, 2023

Davis Andrews‍ had high expectations for his visit to Notre Dame this weekend and when he left, he couldn't help but describe the experience as "awesome."

"I would say everything," Andrews told Irish Sports Daily when asked what made it awesome.

"I came out with high expectations and I would say every expectation was met. The tradition of Notre Dame was unbelievable."

The 2024 Utah safety was particularly impressed with the coaching staff at Notre Dame, which he described as "genuine" and "family-based."

He spent most of his time with safeties coach Chris O'Leary, as well as head coach Marcus Freeman and Director of Recruiting Chad Bowden.

O'Leary's pitch to Andrews focused on the balance between football and academics at Notre Dame.

"His message first was how good Notre Dame Football is and how the academics will give you more connections around this world than any other school," Andrews said.

"The degree from Notre Dame means more than any other degree. He was mainly focused on the balance that Notre Dame has between football and academics."

Freeman echoed O'Leary's message, emphasizing the power of the Notre Dame degree and the family atmosphere within the football program.

"Coach Freeman was really the same,” Andrews said. “His pitch was more family-based and just about how important the degree of Notre Dame is also and just showing that football can take you places and so can the degree."

For Andrews, the coaches' focus on family and team unity was a key takeaway, but their football acumen was easily apparent as well.

"As football guys, they're some of the best in the nation,” he said. “I would say they're building a culture based on, I keep saying the word family a lot because that's what they preach to you, and team unity is huge.

“So, I think their coaching and relationship style is some of the best in the nation."

Notre Dame wants the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder as a safety while most schools are recruiting him as either a linebacker or hybrid linebacker/safety.

"They want me to be physical and they like my twitch, so they'll keep me at safety," Andrews said. "If I were to come to Notre Dame, I would want to be at safety because of the history of sending safeties and good prospects from that position to the next level."

On Friday, Andrews had the opportunity to play golf with former Notre Dame and current Baltimore Ravens safety Kyle Hamilton. Andrews picked Hamilton’s brain on the pros and cons of Notre Dame, although Hamilton didn’t offer any cons.

"He didn't say one bad thing about Notre Dame," Andrews said. "There was nothing negative from him. He loves Notre Dame."

Andrews has official visits set up for Utah and UCLA and plans to take an official to Notre Dame too.

"I don't have it set up yet, but I'll definitely be coming out," Andrews said. "We're trying to figure out if I can make it work for the summer, like as early as possible.

"If I can't get out during the summer, because I have a busy schedule, a game day would probably be even better."

The American Fork High School star had originally planned to commit before his senior season, but he may push that back a bit to ensure he has the chance to fully experience the Notre Dame atmosphere during his official visit.

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