Blue and Gold Illustrated

August 2021

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BY TYLER HORKA A ndy Stefanelli won't ever for- get it. Sitting in his office at Bal- timore Good Counsel High School with then-Notre Dame de- fensive coordinator Clark Lea and wide receivers coach Del Alexander, Stefanelli, Good Counsel's head coach, and the two Irish coaches chatted about wide receiver Cam Hart's recent commitment to Notre Dame. "Now, Coach," Stefanelli said to Lea, "Cam can play a little de- fense, too." A hushed silence enveloped the room before Lea shattered it. "Oh, don't you worry," Lea said. "I'm going to try to steal him." Lea and Alexander were both instru- mental in luring Hart, a three-star re- cruit, to Notre Dame. The former was also an important influencer in chang- ing his position from wideout to de- fensive back. Two years after showing up in South Bend looking to make a difference for the Irish offense, Hart is expected to start at cornerback. Theft successful. "I was excited when Coach Lea came to me and said they're excited about mov- ing me over to DB," Hart said in April. The position change wasn't a complete shock to Hart. Lea, now the head coach at Vanderbilt, and Hart had conversa- tions during his recruit- ment about potentially FLIPPING THE SWITCH Cam Hart's move from high school receiver to college corner is paying off Hart (left) has played in 11 games and made just three tackles in his career, but appears poised to become a key player at cornerback for the Fighting Irish. PHOTO COURTESY NOTRE DAME ATHLETICS

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