RECRUITING: Wenger on Notre Dame visit

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., offensive lineman/center Daniel Wenger (6-4, 285, 5.3) returned from an official at Notre Dame on Nov. 4. He continues to deny a favorite.

(Dan Wenger profile)

"I had a good time," said Wenger, of St. Thomas Aquinas High School. "But right now, I'm still pretty equal."

His top five are Notre Dame, Purdue, Florida, Duke and Penn State. All of his favorites have offered, and aside from Notre Dame, the only other official he has taken so far has been to Purdue on Oct. 1.

"I will definitely take all five of my officials. The rest will be after the season," he explained.

He noted that on his visit to Notre Dame that "everything went real well." His hosts for the visit were freshman defensive back Kyle McCarthy and senior offensive lineman Dan Santucci. "I got along with them great."

"The first day I went to the Pep Rally. That was real fun. Then I just kind of hung out with my hosts. The next morning we ate breakfast with the offensive line coach and then went to the game.

"Afterwards, we kind of hung out and ate in the recruiting lounge with the other recruits. Two other offensive linemen were there on official visits -- Bartley Webb (Notre Dame commit back in July) of Arkansas and Jim Barrie of Tampa, Fla. We had a good time.

"The next day we were shown the campus and the academic aspect of the school. We were able to talk with coaches (Charlie) Weis and (John) Latina (offensive line), and we were able to meet the strength coach, too," he said.

Wenger's father tripped with his son. "He thought it was a great place. He loved the atmosphere. He had a really good time. "I really liked the way that the coaching staff made such a close, tight-knit group. Like a family. Everyone there was playing for the good of the team, not for themselves. The students were the same way," Wenger commented.

When asked if he could see himself fitting in there, he replied, "definitely."

"I am looking for the overall best fit for me. A place where I get the best feeling that this is the place where I belong.

"There are different atmospheres at each of the schools I am looking at -- totally different schools and football programs. I need to find which atmosphere will be the best fit for me," Wenger concluded.

St. Thomas Aquinas (10-0) travels to Delray to play Atlantic on Nov. 18.

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