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2020 S Lathan Ransom Fired Up For Notre Dame Visit

February 19, 2019

It’s been a big February for 2020 Salpointe Catholic (Ariz.) safety Lathan Ransom‍ as he is fresh off winning the Pylon 7v7 Tournament in Phoenix earlier this month and this weekend he’ll be visiting two of the top programs in the Midwest. 

“I’m extremely excited to visit Notre Dame this weekend,” Ransom told Irish Sports Daily. “I’m planning a couple of unofficial visits this spring and summer. I’ll probably go to Ohio State on Sunday and then I want to get to Texas and Texas A&M, but I can’t wait to get out to Notre Dame.” 

The four-star prospect boasts one of the most impressive offer lists in the country and it’s a perfect time for the Irish to get him on campus as Ransom will be cutting his list down twice in the next few months. 

“The attention is great,” stated Ransom. “My coaches and friends have done a great job of keeping me grounded and focused. I’ve continued to go to work.

“This next week, I’ll probably have a Top 16 and a month after that, I’ll probably cut it down to a Top 8. The Top 16 will be the schools I really am focused on in my recruitment right now.” 

Tucson isn’t known as a football hotbed, but Ransom and his teammate Bijan Robinson‍ hope to change the narrative a little bit. 

“Bijan and I come from Tucson and not many coaches come to Tucson to check out football players,” said Ransom. “It’s a great blessing they are coming to see us. Hopefully, they will start seeing the talent around here. I didn’t expect all of this, but it’s been great.” 

Notre Dame was a fixture at Salpointe Catholic during the evaluation period and that included a visit from head coach Brian Kelly. 

“It meant a lot to have coaches come multiple times along with the head coach,” Ransom explained. “It really opens your eyes. If they are going to show that much love, then you have to show some back. That’s why my dad and I can’t wait to get out to Notre Dame.

There are some coaches – it’s easy to text someone. You can send a text, copy it and send it to so many kids. Actually taking the time to come visit, it means it’s true and sincere.” 

As for this weekend’s visit, Ransom hopes to get a feel for the current members of the team and to strengthen his relationships with the staff. 

“I want to get to know some of the players and how they feel out there,” Ransom said. “I want them to keep it honest with me. I want to get to know the coaching staff really well. If I’m going to be out there for four years, I’m hopefully going to be with those coaches, so it’d be great to get to know them. 

“I want to experience what everyday life at Notre Dame is like.”

A good visit will go a long way for Notre Dame as they’ll be competing with Florida, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Stanford, Texas, Texas A&M, USC and UCLA for official visits. 

“I think I’m going to take three early and then save two officials for the fall,” said Ransom. 

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