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BELMONT — “Football reasons” have prompted Adam Hodge to stop by extra locations than he cares to recall. The South Stage coach factors to two spots in specific, while, but for a diverse purpose.

“Two spots I have never ever been are Notre Dame and Green Bay. Hardly ever noticed a sport at both of people, but I’d like to go,” Hodge explained Friday. “I’d like to do both equally of them, if I have it my way.”

Hodge will have good reason to make it to South Bend to just after offensive deal with Sullivan Absher dedicated to Notre Dame.

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“It’s a reduction, mainly because I went up there a few weekends in the past, me and my mom. And after that, I was just like ‘I really don’t think I can see myself likely any place else.’ So it’s unquestionably a relief,” Absher mentioned.

The 6-foot-7, 290-pound Absher is a two-time all-convention performer. He was part of an offensive line that allowed Crimson Raider backs to rush for 3,973 yards in 2021. South Position innovative to the 3A West last, where by it fell to eventual condition winner Dudley.

Absher chosen Notre Dame about Clemson and NC Condition. Other folks with desire had been Appalachian Condition, Coastal Carolina, Duke, East Carolina, Ga Tech, Kentucky, Michigan Point out, North Carolina, Penn Point out, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.

Notre Dame extended an supply to Absher on Oct. 21, 2021. At the time, the Preventing Irish were being under coach Brian Kelly. On the other hand, his curiosity in attending Notre Dame didn’t start to materialize until eventually Marcus Freeman replaced Kelly, who was hired by LSU in December.

“I probably wouldn’t dedicate to Notre Dame if it was the old coaching personnel. Nothing at all from those people fellas,” Absher explained. “Coach Freeman and the new employees are a great healthy for Notre Dame. They carry in a rejuvenated, extra youthful kind method. And that’s exactly what I was wanting for.”

Freeman also scored factors in January when he paid a go to to the Belmont school.

“It meant a large amount,” Absher claimed. “He was just one of two or 3 coaches that arrived, and staying all the way at Notre Dame and in Indiana, it is not Clemson or Chapel Hill wherever you can trip two hrs down (Interstate 85). But he has to get on a aircraft, get his workers ready, but it meant a large amount.

“(My to start with response was) ‘Notre Dame, are you positive? They want to see me?’ It meant a good deal, it showed I intended a lot to them.”

South Point's Sullivan Absher looks on as Will Whinehart makes it to the end zone before Burns defender Hunter Davis can bring him down in their game played last spring. Brian Mayhew / Special to the Gazette

South Point’s Sullivan Absher seems to be on as Will Whinehart can make it to the finish zone before Burns defender Hunter Davis can deliver him down in their sport performed final spring. Brian Mayhew / Particular to the Gazette

Belmont is extra than 700 miles south of South Bend. Nonetheless, distance from residence didn’t weigh as well closely into the choice.

“It was the training and how relaxed he was with the coaching staff that recruited him,” explained Chris Absher, Sullivan’s father. “You’re with these persons 7 times a week, 24 hours a day. They are in essence your guardians. You have to be snug with your natural environment, and anything we had been on the lookout for in a college.

“Notre Dame’s enrollment is all around 8,500, compared to tens of countless numbers at NC State. There is no Greek Lifestyle, no fraternities or sororities, you can remove that from the equation. And then as soon as you get on campus, it is just a particular area.”

You can arrive at Joe Hughes at 704-914-8138, e-mail [email protected] and abide by on Twitter @JoeLHughesII.

This write-up initially appeared on The Gaston Gazette: Here is why South Position football standout Sullivan Absher committed to Notre Dame