Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2020 WR Rooks Looking to Visit ND After Getting Offer

June 3, 2017

Wide receiver Porter Rooks became the third 2020 prospect to get an offer from Notre Dame and the second from Providence Day (N.C.). The Irish had offered 2020 defensive end Jacolbe Cowan earlier in the week, and then Rooks was told he needed to call area recruiter Clark Lea.  

“My coach told me to call Coach Lea, and I was hoping for some good news,” Rooks told Irish Sports Daily. “Coach Lea told me the good news and told me a little bit about what Notre Dame was about. He wants me to get on campus soon and meet the staff.”

The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder isn’t a stranger to big offers as Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, Georgia, Louisville, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech to name a few.

Despite the impressive offer list, Rooks already knows the Notre Dame offer carries weight because his work off the field is being recognized.

“It’s really just a blessing,” said Rooks. “All the hard work I have put in academically and athletically is paying off. Notre Dame isn’t always just about football, so it’s always good to know schools feel I can play at that level and get high-level of education.”

Rooks and Cowan have developed a friendship through football, and they expect to do some big things at Providence Day over the next three seasons.  

“We are looking forward to playing together over the next three years,” stated Rooks. “We want to see what we can do. I met him last summer, and he’s been my brother ever since.”

When it comes to his recruitment, Rooks will hit the road this summer to check out various schools and Notre Dame is now on that list.  

“I don’t know for sure about Irish Invasion because we have some family conflicts and it’s a quick notice after the offer,” he explained. “I should be getting up there for a visit this summer. I just have to plan a trip out there with my family.

“This spring I went to Alabama, Auburn, South Carolina, and Wake Forest. I haven’t been on too many visits this spring, but I plan to get out on some visits this summer.”

Rooks isn’t in a rush to make a decision, but he is using his visits to formulate an idea of what he is looking for in a program and to simply enjoy the recruiting process.  

“I want to make sure I enjoy the full experience of it all,” said Rooks. “I am looking forward to feeling at home. When you get on campus, you will know when it’s the right feel.

“I am looking forward to experiencing everything, then step back and looking at everything.” 

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