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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

2021 Texas Safety JD Coffey Intrigued By Notre Dame

May 7, 2019

Notre Dame has made Texas a point of emphasis on the recruiting trail in recent years and 2021 Kennedale (Texas) safety JD Coffey‍ is a name to keep an eye on. 

The 6-foot-1, 165-pounder had Notre Dame on his school earlier this spring and the Irish are expected to make another stop to check on the rising sophomore. 

“My coach said they really liked my film,” Coffey told Irish Sports Daily. “He had told me they had been at the school earlier and they are probably going to make another visit this week.” 

Coffey is grateful for the time the Notre Dame staff has taken to stop by Kennedale as he knows the Irish recruit nationally.

“It means a lot, especially if they are taking multiple trips down here,” stated Coffey. “It’s Notre Dame.” 

The Irish aren’t the only school with early interest in Coffey as Colorado, Illinois State, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Tulsa and Utah have already offered, while several other programs are involved in his recruitment. 

“It feels really good,” Coffey said of the early attention. “I’m staying humble and going stay grinding. I put in a lot of work, so it’s good it’s paying off. Nothing is ever expected, so I have to continue working.

“Texas and Texas A&M are two schools I stay in touch with a lot. I talk to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.”

It’s not a surprise Coffey has already been to the local programs and it means a lot the top in-state schools have started recruiting him.

“I took an unofficial visit to Texas A&M and I’ve been to Texas for the spring game and junior day,” said Coffey. “It means a lot the big schools in Texas are recruiting me.” 

If Notre Dame offers or starts to recruit him harder, Coffey didn’t rule out a visit to South Bend this summer, but there is only one visit on his schedule at this point. 

“As of right now, I’m going to visit Texas, but that’s it as of right now,” stated Coffey. 

While he is enjoying the love from the local programs, Coffey isn’t afraid to leave the state if the fit was right. 

“It doesn’t matter to me,” explained Coffey. “I’m going to go wherever feels like home. I’d go to anywhere if I had to, so it doesn’t matter to me.” 

When it comes to his game, Coffey prides himself on being able to handle multiple responsibilities, but he's also focused on improving his speed this offseason.

“My ball skills and my ability to move around the field are my strengths,” said Coffey. “Another strength is tackling. I’m a good tackler. I need to work on my speed and I’ve been working on that a lot.” 

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