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Look: Four-star safety JaDon Blair arrives at Notre Dame for official visit

Kyle Kellyby:Kyle Kelly06/10/24


The second of three groups officially visiting Notre Dame this month began arriving in South Bend on Monday. Among them was four-star safety JaDon Blair, who got into town around 5:30 p.m. ET. 

Blair’s father, mother and at least one sibling accompanied him to Notre Dame for a highly-anticipated official visit. Monday marked the start of the third trip to campus for the On3 Industry Ranking’s No. 155 overall recruit in the 2025 class. 

Chicago Simeon Career Academy EDGE Christopher Burgess greeted Blair upon arriving on campus. Burgess, a 2025 class four-star prospect, has been verbally committed to the Fighting Irish since Jan. 6. He’s the No. 97 overall player, No. 14 EDGE nationally and No. 4 prospect in Illinois per the On3 Industry Ranking, a proprietary algorithm that compiles ratings and rankings from all four primary recruiting media services.

Also the No. 15 safety nationally and No. 5 prospect in North Carolina per the On3 Industry Ranking, Blair previously unofficially visited Notre Dame for the football program’s end-of-summer recruiting event last July, the Ohio State game on Sept. 23 and for a four-day unofficial visit in mid-April. 

The NCAA permits high school seniors one official visit per university unless there is a head coaching change. Then, a recruit could return to campus for a second official visit. 

So far, the 6-foot-4½, 195-pound Blair has officially visited Virginia Tech, Louisville, and South Carolina. After his trip to Notre Dame, Blair has OVs scheduled to Michigan (June 14-16), Florida State (June 18-20) and Penn State (June 21-24). 

While Blair is one of the country’s most coveted prospects, and several programs prioritize him, he told Blue & Gold’s Mike Singer that the Irish are “setting the example” in his recruitment.

“They’re setting the example — the way they talk about developing me, life after football, great education, and they have proof in the pudding with Kyle Hamilton,” Blair said. “They set the example — just being honest.

“A lot of schools have to get on track with them (Notre Dame), and I’m not saying they’re completely separated. I’m not saying that they’re (Notre Dame) No. 1. But I’m saying Notre Dame is setting the example.”

After Blair’s official visit tour, he plans to take about two weeks before finalizing a commitment. He will reveal his decision to the public on July 5.

Former Notre Dame safeties coach Chris O’Leary offered Blair on April 27, 2023. After O’Leary left the program for the same position for the Los Angeles Chargers this offseason, defensive backs coach Mike Mickens took over as the primary recruiter.

The Irish currently have two 2025 class safety commits in Ethan Long and Ivan Taylor. Still, Blair is among the top remaining targets on Notre Dame football’s recruiting board.

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