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2026 Security Kaden Gebhardt talks Irish invasion and more

It’s early January Kaden Gebhardt‍ had no offers.

Now the 2026 Ohio safety has more than a dozen and has an aggressive camp schedule that could lead to more.

Gebhardt practiced at Notre Dame Irish’s Invasion on Sunday. He will camp at Ohio State on Wednesday, Penn State on Sunday before camps in Michigan and Florida later this month.

“It’s a cool experience because they’re all my dream schools as a kid, just to have the opportunity to compete for a scholarship is big,” he said.

He received his first offer from Toledo on Jan. 17 and has since added 13 more from schools including Purdue, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, Louisville and Oklahoma.

“I remember a few months ago I was always worried I wouldn’t get my first one, and now I have 14,” he said. “Definitely, just taking the pressure off a little bit, just being able to play more freely and all that.”

He seemed pressure-free on Sunday.

“I thought it went well,” the Olentangy High School standout said. “Everything went well.

“It was definitely a good match. I thought I did well. On a few one-on-one reps I just didn’t turn my head back to the ball, which hurt me on two-v and one-v reps. Other than that I thought I did very well.”

Gebhardt appreciated the opportunity work on the field with Notre Dame defensive backs coach Mike Mickens and defensive coordinator Al Golden.

“They all liked me and stuff like that, and they’re getting back to me quickly,” he said.

A Fort Wayne native, Gebhardt loves the tradition and the South Bend campus.

“I’m definitely going to try to come back for a game,” he said.

It’s still early, but Gebhardt already has an idea of ​​what will be most important when choosing a course of study.

“I would say the relationships at school and just the sense of home and all that.”

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