Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2021 OL David Davidkov Blown Away By First Visit To Notre Dame

January 26, 2019

2021 New Trier (Ill.) offensive lineman David Davidkov‍ made his first trip to Notre Dame on Saturday and it blew him away. 

“It was amazing,” the 6-foot-5, 265-pounder told Irish Sports Daily. “I learned so much about Notre Dame. It was just an awesome visit. I loved every second of it.” 

It was a busy day, but Davidkov was able to experience many things in South Bend on Saturday, including seeing the team go through a training session with Director of Football Performance Matt Balis.

“We got to see the football facility when we arrived,” recalled Davidkov. “They measured my wingspan, hand size, height and weight. We also got to watch the team lift.” 

After some food, the recruits headed across The Gug to take in a presentation by recruiting coordinator Brian Polian. 

“He explained how good of an academic and football school Notre Dame is,” said Davidkov. “He told us about how many people went to the NFL and how they are continuing to break records in college football.

“Coach (Brian) Kelly recapped the presentation and told us more about the program.” 

Davidkov and the other recruits then went over to Purcell Pavilion with Notre Dame’s early enrollees to watch the Irish on the hardwood. 

“We watched the first half of the basketball game and then went to eat with all the coaches,” explained Davidkov. “I sat with a couple coaches and we talked about what I like to do and other sports I play. A former lineman talked about Notre Dame and I learned so much more about Notre Dame.” 

The New Trier standout then got some time with offensive line coach Jeff Quinn. 

“I had a meeting with Coach Quinn and my family,” stated Davidkov. “He talked about what he looks for and talked us through Notre Dame’s offensive line history.

“He’s a really nice coach and you can tell he wants what is best for you to progress as an athlete. He was asking questions to get to know me and my family.”

The day ended with a photo shoot and a tour of Notre Dame Stadium, which was one of the highlights for Davidkov.

“We had photos, so I got to try on the uniform, helmet and cleats,” Davidkov said. “I got to take some photos with my family while I was geared up and that was cool.

“As I was walking through the tunnel and saw the stadium, I felt the adrenaline. It was awesome.” 

Davidkov’s recruitment is just starting up, so experiencing Notre Dame was a significant step in being able to formulate what he is looking for in a future program. 

“I’m not sure yet because I’m new to recruiting and I haven’t thought about college,” said Davidkov. “I kind have built up an idea of what I want to look for in a school. I want an education and a place that can develop me as an offensive lineman because my goal is to play in the NFL. I want to win games. I want a place with a good culture and good people surrounding it.” 

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