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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2025 CB Mark Zackery IV Talks Top 10, Upcoming Notre Dame Stop

January 17, 2024

Mark Zackery IV‍ cut a lengthy list of scholarship offers to 10 on Monday.

“I feel like it's going to help me a lot,” the top 2025 Indiana cornerback told Irish Sports Daily. “I feel like it would be best to narrow it down at this point in time just because I'm playing a lot of basketball right now. I won't have as much time going into the offseason to visit and things like that. 

“I'm just trying to figure out the schools that I feel would be best for me right now and trying to build a relationship with those schools.”

The Ben Davis High School star’s final list includes Notre Dame, Cincinnati, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio State, Oregon, Purdue, Penn State, USC and Tennessee.

“I feel like they've been in the most contact with me,” Zackery continued. “Some of the schools on there, I haven’t been to and I feel like I should go visit. I feel like they've been putting a lot of time into me. It's just my schedule hasn't been working with their schedules, so just trying to fit in those types of visits and time with them.”

His next trip will be to a school he’s already been to multiple times, Notre Dame.

Zackery will be on campus for the Irish’s Junior Day this weekend.

“I hope it's a great visit,” he said. “They said it's going to be more about football, but there will be some other stuff included. 

“I've been talking to some of the Notre Dame commits and they said they were going to be there and they feel like I would be a great fit there, so just getting to talk to them and seeing what it would be like being around them. I feel like that would be good for me.”

Irish cornerbacks coach Mike Mickens has made a tremendous impact on the how Zackery sees Notre Dame.

“Definitely the way he develops his players, obviously guys like Ben Morrison, Sauce (Gardner), Coby (Bryant),” Zackery said. “But also how his players view him. 

“I've seen an interview with Ben Morrison and how he was talking about how he hasn't changed in the since he's been recruiting him and he's got way better and pushes his players, but also treats him like his sons. 

“I feel like that definitely plays a big part and then him expressing to me that there's other stuff that you can do here, not just for football. Obviously, they have a great education and things to do after football. He expresses that a lot and I feel like he plays a big part in my recruitment there.”

He doesn’t have any other visits locked in at the moment.

“I'm definitely trying to get to Tennessee, Penn State and in the future schools like USC and Oregon, just because they're a little bit farther, but definitely schools that are closest to me and just trying to get there and see what they have to offer for me as well,” he said. 

Zackery doesn’t have a timeline for cutting his list again or making a final decision.

“Maybe after basketball season, just because I'm just really focused on that and trying to win again for basketball. More than likely after basketball season sometime.”

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