Voltz, Irish Building Strong Relationship

As Brian Kelly and Notre Dame put the final touches on the Class of 2011 in place, they have already started strong in the Class of 2012. One player in which the Irish are showing interest is Dan Voltz.

This past weekend found Dan Voltz of Barrington (IL) High School adding another offer to his growing list as Michigan State gave the 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman a verbal offer. However, Notre Dame has been monitoring his progress and Voltz is excited about his planned upcoming visit to South Bend.

"I have not been to Notre Dame yet, Voltz told Irish Eyes on Monday. "I just got off the phone with Coach (Chuck) Martin and they are having a Junior Day on the 26th and I will be there."

Excited about his upcoming visit, Dan knows the Irish have the tradition he desires.

"I do not know a lot about Notre Dame, but everyone knows the prestige of Notre Dame and the type of education they provide. Notre Dame has also had a pretty darn good football program over the years. The combination of academics and athletics is very appealing to me."

The relationship being built between Coach Martin and Dan is not a new one.

"I have been speaking with Coach Martin about once every other week."

With his sights on studying something to do with business, Dan knows Notre Dame could open many doors away from the field. As for football, he knows there is work still needing to be done.

"I feel my strength as a player is the effort level and toughness I play with. I pride myself on the way I play the game. I also feel everyone can improve as a player as long as they are playing."

Listed as an early 4-star prospect by Scout.com at offensive guard, Dan said he is open to play anywhere coaches want him.

"Most schools say I am going to be a guard or center in college. However, other schools have told me if I am good enough to play tackle, they will play me there. It does not really matter to me."

As for a dream school, Dan is very open about the recruiting process but has a program he has grown up watching.

"I would not say I have a dream school to play for. However, I grew up a big Northwestern fan and have been to lots of games there over the years. I am very open about the schools I have interest in at this time."

Irish Eyes will continue to follow the path Dan Voltz travels with Notre Dame in the coming weeks.

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