Starting to Feel Like Home

Notre Dame hosted several members of its 2011 recruiting class last weekend. One of them was defensive end Chase Hounshell from Lake Catholic High School (Mentor, Ohio).

Last weekend was the first time Chase Hounshell (6-foot-6, 265-pounds) had been back on campus after he committed. Hounshell was taking an unofficial visit, in order to get a better feel for his future home.

"I loved it," Hounshell said. ""This weekend cemented everything. It made everything more certain. I hung out with all the recruits that were on their official visits and guys like Nick and Zach Martin, Brad Carrico, Conor Hanratty, Cam McDaniel, Tony Springmann, Chris Watt, and Tommy Rees.

"We listened to music, talked about recruiting. We talked about going to school there, classes all the people, what there was to do on weekends…. We talked a lot. We were just hanging out and getting to know each other more. They were all just good guys to hang out with.

"I went to visit as more of a player than a commit or a recruit, so it was more like being on the team," he said. "We hung out at the dorms, met the players, and all the people that I'm going to spend all my time with….building relationships. I had a great time."

Chase wants to continue to build on the relationships that he's start, so he's going to take advantage of every opportunity he has over the coming months to get back to campus.

"I want to go back for a couple spring practices and the Blue-Gold game for sure," he said. "I want to go back as much as I can." Top Stories