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Notre Dame A Serious Player For 2025 WR Elijah Burress After Junior Day

January 21, 2024

Elijah Burress‍ has been serious about Notre Dame since the moment the 2025 New Jersey receiver landed his offer from the Irish earlier this month.

He proved that by setting up a visit to South Bend for their Junior Day on Saturday.

And now, the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder from DePaul Catholic High School is even more serious about Notre Dame.

“Things went smooth,” Burress told Irish Sports Daily. “It was a good experience. It was great to be there.

“I got there, went to the facilities and walked around. There were a lot of meetings. Every coach had their meeting. We had individual meetings there too. I got to talk to all the coaches and just get a feel for everything.”

Burress enjoyed learning more about new Irish receivers coach Mike Brown.

“The meeting was just about how he goes about his job and how he is as a coach,” Burress said. “I'm definitely very interested in his coaching style and how he is very good with developing players. I could definitely see myself under his wing getting better and developing.”

The junior wideout also learned about how the Irish’s strength and conditioning program is going to run under new coach Loren Landow.

“It was just about the different exercises they do and how they track movements through the season and throughout the off season and how they track themselves to get stronger,” he said. 

Burress liked what he heard about the direction the Notre Dame offense plans to go under new offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock.

“They see themselves passing the ball in the future, so I can see myself getting the ball in a high-powered offense with other receivers there too,” he said. 

Burress particularly enjoyed the meeting he had with head coach Marcus Freeman.

“We were just talking about life and football,” he said. “I'm definitely way more comfortable with him and built a good relationship with him. We have a good relationship. He's a cool coach and I really respect him and I like him.”

Burress also became fast friends with a couple of the other recruits in town.

“I spent time with my guy Jerome Bettis Jr.,”  he said. “I met him and we just instantly clicked.

“I also spent time with Deuce Knight.Deuce is a cool guy. I like him, he's cool.”

Burress said it would be “crazy” to catch passes from the Irish’s 2025 quarterback commit in the future.

“Everybody talks about what he could do, so it would be crazy, unbelievable,” he said. 

Burress was supposed to visit Cincinnati this month, but isn’t sure if that will still happen and he doesn’t have any other visits locked in with his track season fast approaching.

He said he’ll definitely be back in South Bend in the coming months though.

“100 percent,” he said. “I think I'll be up there for the spring game.”

In the meantime, he wants to continue building relationships with the Notre Dame coaches.

“I just want to get close to everybody and see if it's a good fit for me, which I think it is for as of now, but I've got to keep on going with the process.”


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