There were seven representatives of the Notre Dame class of 2013 in the U.S. Army All-American game, which is something that enhanced the experience for Midland (Mich.) High offensive lineman Steven Elmer.
"Having all of us here it was cool because everywhere you went you could be like ‘See that guy beasting over there?' Elmer said. "And when they said ‘Yeah," you could say "He is going to Notre Dame.'
He added, "It was awesome."
East squad linebacker Doug Randolph of Woodberry Forest (Va.) was one of three Irish commits on the East squad.
"It was a ton of fun to get out there and play with and against a ton of Notre Dame commits," Randolph said.
And when asked if he went up against West team offensive lineman Elmer?
"I didn't run into Steve Elmer on the field but he is always in my room because him and John Montelus are best friends," Randolph said.
Another East team Notre Dame commitment, American Heritage running back Greg Bryant
"I enjoyed the time just to bond with the Notre Dame commitments," Bryant said. "I love those guys and I can't wait to get to South Bend with them."
Bryant also is quick to admit that he loves the Irish.
"It's all about football at Notre Dame, everything about Notre Dame is amazing," Bryant said from San Antonio. ‘The tradition its crazy. It would have been hard for me to not choose them."
Overall, the experience at the U.S. Army All-American game was one that none of the future Irish will forget anytime soon.
"It was great, I love hanging out with these guys," Elmer said. "I know we got a couple more this weekend and that is great too. But the guys that we have right now are all fantastic."
He added, "I couldn't be happier with our class and couldn't be more grateful for the chance to get to know them a bit more before I head off early."
Bryant seemed to sum it up quite well.
"I am getting more and more excited to sign and get to South Bend," Bryant said.
In the end, the East team defeated the West 15-8.