"I got a call from my head coach saying he needed me in his office," the Brownwood (Texas) High quarterback said.
When Casey Pachall got to his coach's office, the unexpected news quickly woke him up.
"So I went there, and he said the Notre Dame coaches wanted to talk to me," Pachall began. "He called them and I talked to coach (Rob) Ianello, coach (Charlie) Weis and their quarterbacks coach, and that's when they offered.
"I wasn't expecting it, especially with the reputation they have and the high standards they have with their school. I wasn't expecting it this early, but I was excited that it happened."
The 6-foot-5, 194-pound Pachall now holds offers from the Irish, Arizona, TCU, Nebraska, Baylor and Houston. He is also receiving strong interest from Oklahoma and Iowa, while LSU, Virginia and Georgia have Pachall on its radar.
Notre Dame had been sending letters, and sent an assistant coach by the school.
"I first talked to coach Ianello, and he said coach Weis wanted to talk to me so he transferred me to his line," Pachall said. "As we were talking, (Weis) was saying how impressed he was and that he was going to offer me, and he is sending the written offer in the mail.
"We talked about several things, and I also talked with their quarterbacks coach about how they do things there, and how the offense they run is like the NFL, and it could be very useful to me.
"They said I have a real strong arm, and I have the ability to be a strong pocket passer, and just me being able to make plays and make things happen."
This past season, Pachall threw for 1,339 yards and nine touchdowns. He also added 400 yards rushing and three more scores, earning second-team all-16-4A honors.
"We were 6-4 this past season," Pachall said. "We were in 4-A this past year, and I'd say we were in the hardest 4-A district in the state, but that is no excuse. We are returning one defensive starter and seven offensive starters next year, so we should be set on offense , so we need to find our defense. And we are also dropping down to 3-A, so we should be playing schools are size."
Pachall burst onto the recruiting scene after a strong sophomore season. In helping lead Brownwood High to the 4-A state quarterfinals, he threw for 2,073 yards and 11 touchdowns, while also running for 600 yards and 13 more scores.
Pachall has taken trips to Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Baylor and Texas Tech. He hopes to make his first-ever visit to the state of Indiana in the near future.
I talked about it with my parents, and we want to make a visit up there sometime soon, within the next two or three weeks," Pachall explained, adding distance won't factor into his college decision.
"I would say just a little but there is going to be competition no matter where I go, so that won't come too much into play," Pachall responded when asked if the Irish's quarterback situation is somewhat of a negative.
Pachall runs the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds, can bench press 245 pounds, and squat 365 pounds. He has a GPA of 3.2, and would like to verbally commit somewhere by late April or early May.
"First, I'm looking at the academics," Pachall stated. "I'm looking to major in business, so I'm looking to see how that part of the school equals out. Then I'm looking for the tradition of the school and the type of football program they have."