Colzie

Athens Academy Deion Colzie committed to Notre Dame on Monday.

Athens Academy senior Deion Colzie unzipped his sweatshirt to reveal a Notre Dame Fighting Irish logo.

Colzie committed to the Fighting Irish for a second on Monday morning in a video shared on his Twitter account.

Colzie decommitted from Notre Dame back in June after feeling his initial decision was rushed.

He intended to go and visit other schools and weigh his options in the months to follow.

COVID-19 pretty much wiped away any on-campus visits this fall. The decision came down to Notre Dame, the University of Tennessee and the University of Florida. Colzie had previously visited those schools prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 and decided to make his choice among the schools he was familiar with.

Colzie was able let his mind settle on where his heart truly resided. It was Notre Dame just as it was early in 2020. The Notre Dame coaching staff and fellow commits stayed in contact with Colzie and continued to foster their relationship even following his decommitment.

“Even though I decomitted back in March, they did a good job of trying to rebuild the relationship and see what they could do to get me back,” Colzie said. “I feel like that’s the best place for me academically and athletically to set me up for my future.”

Notre Dame has always been in his heart. As kid he watched many Notre Dame games on Saturdays with his mother, who is a Fighting Irish fan. It’s his dream school.

“Home is where your heart is,” Colzie’s announcement post stated.

Colzie has always felt it was his decision to make, despite his family’s passion for Notre Dame.

“My mom always told me that it’s my decision,” Colzie said. “I’m the one that has to spend three to four years there. I feel like I really respected them for not pushing me to where they wanted me to be. Of course, Notre Dame was their dream school and mine as well. They didn’t let that get to their head ands try to make the decision for me. I feel like I did it myself.”

His mother, Yolanda Jackson, was excited to cheer her son and her Fighting Irish in the coming years. When Colzie decided to reconsider his recruitment, Jackson took a step back.

It was time to allow Colzie to make the best move for himself without his parents’ watchful eyes.

“We took a step back and allowed him the time and the opportunity to do what’s best for him,” Jackson said. “We weren’t as involved as the process this time around. We really did afford him the opportunity to do what’s best for him. At the end of the day, they’re recruiting him. We want to have some input in of course, but he has to be happy in the end...The whole process can be draining, annoying at times, but I’m happy. I’m happy for him. I can’t wait to see him play at the next level.”

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