The rise in interest from J.D. Bertrand has been an intriguing development recently.
For the four-star linebacker out of Roswell (Ga.) Blessed Trinity, his unofficial visit to Notre Dame last weekend struck enough interest that he’s booked a return trip during the Florida State game weekend – Nov. 9 – 11.
It’s been a busy month for the 6-foot-1, 220-pound senior who de-committed from Georgia on Oct. 5, took an unofficial visit to Florida on Oct. 6 and Notre Dame on Oct. 13 while adding offers from Colorado, Florida State, Wisconsin, and TCU over the last few weeks.
That busy schedule will continue as Bertrand plans to take an official visit with the Badgers on the weekend of Nov. 3 (vs. Rutgers) before heading to South Bend the following weekend.
Additionally, Bertrand can be sure that more offers are sure to roll in while multiple programs ramp up pursuit.
Earlier this week, Notre Dame safeties coach Terry Joseph dropped by Blessed Trinity to check-in, surely meeting up with head coach Tim McFarlin, who has led the Titans to a 7-0 season with matchups with Chestatee and Marist ahead to round out the regular season.
In that matchup with Marist, Bertrand will take on Notre Dame’s top-ranked Notre Dame commitment Kyle Hamilton, a long-time friend of his. In fact, Bertrand and his camp will travel to South Bend for his visit with Hamilton and his family on the second weekend of November.
Of course, the atmosphere that weekend will be rowdy with the Seminoles in town. Notre Dame fans felt cheated when the Irish lost 27-31 in Tallahassee with a controversial call late in the game drawing heavy discussion.
Bertrand will meet several Irish commitments that weekend as Hamilton is sure to be just one of a large group of his fellow Fighting Irish pledges on campus for the key matchup.
As for the Bertrand recruitment, an obvious mutual interest has been brewing between the Irish and the Top247 linebacker. However, scholarship space is the big question along with need at the position which Notre Dame looks to refill in the off-season with the departure of linebackers Te’von Coney, Drue Tranquill, and possibly Asmar Bilal, who is in his senior year.
With Notre Dame’s recruitment of Bertrand still in the early stages, only being on the market for two weeks since leaving his pledge to the Bulldogs, this visit should provide clarity as to where things are headed.
Certainly, the high-motor linebacker has the talent to develop into a productive Power 5 football player. It’ll be interesting to see where how Notre Dame plays its hand.