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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2021 WR Lorenzo Styles Jr. Building Strong Relationships At Notre Dame

December 15, 2018

2021 Pickerington Central (Ohio) receiver Lorenzo Styles Jr.‍ is quickly becoming one of the Midwest’s hottest names on the recruiting trail. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder made his fourth trip to Notre Dame since June on Saturday, and it couldn’t have gone better. 

“I was really happy I could get back up there,” Styles told Irish Sports Daily. “It was exciting to be around all the coaches, and it felt good to be back.” 

Styles made it to two games and Notre Dame’s Elite Skills Camp this summer, but this trip allowed him to learn more about the school and see how the Irish run the program. 

“I came up with my grandfather, and it was a really good time,” explained Styles. “We got to see the facilities and everything Notre Dame was about. He really liked it, which is something I really liked. We went to the meetings, and we saw some of the adjustments Coach wants them to do. It was just a really good time.” 

The Ohio native got to watch practice on Saturday and was impressed with what he saw from the Irish. 

“We stayed for an hour of the practice,” said Styles. “The practice was really good to watch. They are quick with their practice, and everything is lined up back-to-back. I thought they did drills to get them ready.

“It was practice No. 5, and they are taking it one practice at a time. They know they are going to a big game, so they are preparing for a big game.”

Notre Dame receivers coach Del Alexander has made a significant impression since offering in June and had a chance to reconnect with the Pickerington Central star. 

“Coach Alexander was telling me Notre Dame really likes me, and I’m a perfect fit for them,” Styles explained. “He thanked me for coming up and hoped we can keep developing our relationship.” 

Styles also got to start a relationship with fellow 2021 recruit JJ McCarthy‍. The two connected earlier this week and Styles hit it off with the Illinois quarterback. 

“It was kind of funny, JJ and I were getting a lot of the same offers,” stated Styles. “I followed him on Twitter and saw he was coming up. We were talking a lot, and I think we’re going to build a good relationship over time.” 

Speaking of offers, Styles has had a nice two week stretch as Duke, Michigan, Ohio State, Purdue and Wisconsin offered.

“It was just everything,” Styles said. “I worked so hard for this. I was so happy they came.”

The Ohio State offer was an important one for Styles as his father played for the Buckeyes, but don’t think he’s a lock to stay in Columbus. 

“Ohio State was a special offer because I’m from Ohio,” Styles explained. “Whatever state you’re from, you want the big in-state offer. That doesn’t mean I’m going there, and it doesn’t mean I’m not.” 
The Buckeyes are program Styles hopes to see in the coming weeks as well as two other Big Ten programs. 

“The three schools I really want to get to visit are Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State,” said Styles. “I’m unsure of the dates right now.” 

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