Medford (Ore.) South receiver Chase Cota has had a busy spring, with a number of unofficial visits dotting his schedule.
Cota continued his spring visits with a trip to South Bend last weekend to see Notre Dame.
The four-star took in Notre Dame's spring game while he was there and the trip overall wowed him.
"Notre Dame was amazing," said Cota. "The campus is really big and to see where all these amazing players come out of and successful professionals was pretty amazing."
The academic side left an impression on him.
"What stood out was probably how much support you get with academics and how much they want you to succeed," said Cota. "You will be pushed hard physically and mentally at the school."
Cota also enjoyed spending time with the players and coaches.
"All the players are great guys and have very big goals," said Cota. "I met mostly with coach (Delvaughn) Alexander, coach (Brian) Polian and coach (Brian) Kelly."
When Cota's father, Chad Cota, played in the NFL, part of his career was spent in Indianapolis, where Polian's father, Bill Polian, was the GM.
"That relationship is solid," said Cota. "Coach Polian was an intern with the Colts when my dad was there was well so they know each other and got to talk about the old days when my dad was playing."
One of Cota's fellow Oregon natives, Braden Lenzy, was also in South Bend and Lenzy, who committed to the Irish in February, hung out with Cota.
"Braden didn't spend much time selling it to me I would say because it sells itself, but he was definitely giving a good impression and introducing me to a bunch of commits and fans," said Cota.
Cota watched the receivers closely and was impressed with what he saw.
"Equanimeous (St. Brown) is a baller and I could easily picture myself with that crew," said Cota. "They have some other tall guys, but most of them are a thicker build and I think I'm more agile and could prove myself with them and get in the mix pretty fast."
"It gives me that much more to think about," said Cota. "The SEC is a dominant conference and they have a lot to offer, I might take a summer trip out to see the SEC schools."
This weekend, Cota will take in the spring game at Oregon, where his father starred before his NFL career. Then he plans to lay low for a while during the evaluation period.
"I'm hopefully shutting it down for a little while," said Cota. "I want some time with my family and friends and then take more at either end of spring or summer."
Cota has been invited to The Opening Finals, punching his ticket at the Los Angeles Opening regional.