Bars Knows All About Irish

With a father as a former Notre Dame player and graduate, Blake Bars has heard and seen a lot of Notre Dame football in his life. Still, he was blown away during his unofficial visit with the Irish.

A couple of weekends ago Blake Bars of Nashville (TN) Montgomery Bell Academy made another trip to South Bend for a Notre Dame game. This was not his first time Bars had seen the Irish in person, but it was his first as a prospect getting interest from the Irish.

"Going on the field and in the locker room was really amazing," Bars told Irish Eyes. "My father played at Notre Dame and we have gone up there for games in the past, but this was different."

The Bars family are not strangers to the recruiting process as older brother Brad is currently at Penn State and a younger brother may be going through the process in a couple of years. However, Blake getting interest from the Irish at this stage of the game is something that has everyone in the family excited.

"I never had the chance to speak with Coach Weiss when he was the head coach, but Brian Kelly is a great coach and is going to do some great things at Notre Dame."

At 6-foot-5, 255-pounds, Blake knows his recruiting could go different in many ways as compared to his brothers. The older Bars brother was one of the most under the radar prospects in the Class of 2009 and ended up at Penn State. Blake is getting the early attention needed to keep from following the same trail of his brother. How different are the two brothers?

"My brother plays linebacker and defensive end while I am an offensive lineman."

Blake is hopeful the Irish continue to have interest in him as a future player and right now Irish running back coach Tim Hinton is his main contact with the Irish.

"I've been talking with Coach Hinton, he seems to be a great guy, and I look forward to building a solid relationship with him."

Irish Eyes will continue to follow up with Blake Bars in the coming months as the recruiting cycle for the Class of 2012 gets in full swing. Top Stories