Puyallup (Wash.) High's Joshua Garnett spoke to IrishEyes.com about his recruitment, and added while the Irish are recruiting him to play tackle, he is actually being recruited to play three positions by a large number of schools.
"I have a very large interest in Notre Dame, not only because of the football program, but also the academic prestige the university holds around the world," Garnett said. "I have never been there before but I want to take an official visit there when I'm able to.
"I haven't talked about an official visit yet (with Notre Dame), but it's definitely one of the places I want to be at (for a visit)."
And while location will not play a factor in his decision, it certainly won't be a football-only choice.
"Academics definitely play a key role in it because I know football doesn't last forever," Garnett said. "So, I'm going to need to go to the highest, (most) prestigious schools I can, and I need to find out what school as the best sports medicine/pre-med program.
"I want to be able to talk to the people who are the athletic trainers, the head sports medicine and science people and get a feel for what they're about."
Does Garnett know much about Notre Dame's academic programs?
"I definitely did a lot of research on their science program," he said. "Whenever you go in the United States in the world there are a lot of Notre Dame fans, and Notre Dame alumni are everywhere, and the Notre Dame degree holds a lot of weight in any job field that you want to go."
Another key aspect of Garnett's decision will be how a program uses its offensive linemen.
"I'm definitely looking for a school that utilizes their offensive lineman, and looking at schools that does a lot of run blocking, but has a good mixture of run-pass, like Notre Dame does.
"I'm looking for a school that has the built offensive linemen, and not the fat guys. Kind of like Army offensive line guys, lean and slender and also very powerful, as you can tell, but none of them are fat guys."
Position is another part of Garnett's decision-making process, and he will have his choices.
"Most schools on the east coast, and where Notre Dame is at, are all looking at me at tackle," Garnett said. "A lot of west coast schools are looking at me as a guard, and tons of schools are looking at me as a defensive lineman. I think I can play any of those three positions."
Garnett, who will play in the Under Armour All-America Game, doesn't plan on making a decision until late in the process.