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2025 WR Elijah Burress Talks Notre Dame Commitment

February 10, 2024
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Elijah Burress‍ didn’t want to wait for as many scholarship offers as he could get. 

He was just waiting for the right offer.

When the 2025 New Jersey receiver landed an offer from Notre Dame last month, it was immediately obvious that may have been the right one and on Saturday afternoon, Burress announced that it was, committing to the Irish.

“I'm very comfortable,” Burress told ISD prior to announcing his decision. “It's just a personal decision and I'm ready and I'm good.

“I just want to be somewhere where I'm going to win and just be developed as a player and I want to be around great people too.”

And he found that place at Notre Dame.

"The coaching staff, how they recruit me and the players there too,” he said of why he chose the Irish. “It's a great school and it is a great place for me.”

The 6-foot-1, 170-pounder gives Notre Dame 15 commits in the Class of 2025 and their first at receiver. 

The DePaul Catholic star chose Notre Dame over offers from schools like Duke, Cincinnati, Marshall, Temple and UMass among others. After missing most of his sophomore season, Burress had a stellar junior season and the interest from other major programs was starting to come in heavy.

But through conversations with the Irish staff, specifically new receivers coach Mike Brown, offensive coordinator Mike Denbrock and head coach Marcus Freeman, along with a visit to South Bend last month, Burress decided there was no more reason to wait.

DePaul Catholic head coach Nicky Campanile believes the Irish are getting a steal in Burress.

“He's as talented a guy as we've ever had,” DePaul Catholic head coach Nicky Campanile says of Burress. “I think he's just scratching the surface of how good a player he can be. He's an all-around receiver. He can kind of do everything.”

Brown made a major impact on Burress’ decision. 

“He's a great coach,” Burress said of Brown. “I think he's a great person too. He knows how to develop talent, so receivers love to play for him.”

Burress also enjoyed his chats with Freeman.

“He's also a great person,” he said. “He's a good coach and he knows what he's doing.”

Initially, Burress planned on making another round of visits this spring, including a return to South Bend, but decided those were unnecessary.

“I'm excited for the future and I'm just ready to commit.”

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