With over 20 scholarship offers and a lot of other attractive places to consider, Patrick Ward passed.
Well, it didn't matter. The four-star offensive tackle from New Lenox, Ill., was offered anyways.
On this past Tuesday, Charlie Weis extended the 6-foot-7, 290-pound Ward a full-ride, giving the Providence Catholic High standout around 22 scholarship offers.
"It was just that they were waiting until after their camps to do their final evaluation of players, and they had their staff meeting, and he said I was the best lineman they hadn't offered a scholarship," Ward explained. "So I got the offer.
"I told him thank you he thought I was good enough, especially because I did not go to their camp."
Ianello sent an email to Ward on Monday and the two talked. Ward was told that the staff just had a couple questions about his film, but other than that, he's as good as anybody else they have offered on the board.
Ward is looking to make a decision before his senior season begins, and has racked up scholarship offers from the likes of Boston College, Virginia, Illinois, Purdue, Stanford and Iowa. He was looking to eliminate schools, and not necessarily add them.
But this latest offer was a special circumstance.
"It was at six, but now it's seven," Ward said of his list of favorites. "I haven't talked to all the other schools yet, so I can't tell you what that list is."
Obviously with the list growing one, the Irish are in.
"Just the football tradition they have there," Ward began. "I know I can get a great education there. I've been there a couple times, and it just seems like a great place."
Ward sounds like a great player.
In helping his team finish 7-5 and advance to the state quarterfinals last fall, Ward graded out at over 90 percent for the year. He also got time at both right tackle and left tackle.
Ward may make it back to Notre Dame's campus soon to hang out with players and get another look at the campus.
"It's something I'd like to try and do," Ward said.
Now he has the ticket to do so.