Adam Breneman, a 6-foot-5, 220-pounder out of Cedar Cliff High (Camp Hill, Pa.), learned of his stature in the 2013 class during a meeting with coach Brian Kelly.
"I talked to coach Kelly a little bit, and he basically told me I'm the tight end that they want in my class, that I'm the No. 1 kid," Breneman said. "It's great to actually hear that from the coach."
The Irish will have loads of competition for him. He already visited Boston College, Rutgers, Alabama, Maryland and Virginia and grabbed offers from each of those schools, and is in the process of setting up more visits for July.
However, this was his first trip to South Bend, Ind., and the mixture of tradition, academics and the use of the tight end all stuck with Breneman.
"It's an awesome place," Breneman said. "You hear a lot about Notre Dame, but to actually see it in person, all the tradition that is there is pretty cool. It was exciting to see all of that. I think it would be pretty cool to be a part of that tradition."
Breneman recapped how the day was structured.
"I got there and we talked to (assistant) coach (Charley) Molnar for a little bit," Breneman said. "We went on a campus tour and met with some academic people, talked about all the academic stuff. We went to lunch, and there was another quarterback there, a 2013 kid, Max Browne, and we had lunch with him and (tight ends) coach (Mike) Denbrock.
"Then, I sat down with coach Denbrock and watched some film, and talked about their philosophy with tight ends, and how I would be used, and then talked to coach Kelly a little bit. Then, we met with the whole offensive staff and talked football for a little bit."
When it came to watching video of the Irish's offense, Breneman came away with a very good feeling on how the tight end is used.
"I'm very impressed with how coach Molnar talked about how they would get me the ball in the offense, how they let their tight ends be play-makers and make big plays," Brenean said. "I actually watched film on Kyle Rudolph to see how he does things. He's someone I look up to, and I'm aware of all the tight ends they've produce and put in the NFL."
Breneman said the rationale behind all the summer visits is to get a strong feel for many of the programs recruiting him, and that will continue through the football season.
"I'll definitely be at a bunch of games in the fall," he said. "I would definitely like to start narrowing (his list) down after the football season this year. I'm really planning on making a decision before my senior season."