In search of potential candidates for their class of 2013 recruiting hauls, college football coaches will be heading to Owensboro (KY) Apollo High School to check out 6-foot-7, 285-pound Hunter Bivin. Notre Dame may already hold an advantage with the Bluegrass native.
"Coach (Tim) Hinton invited me up to the Lineman Challenge camp at Notre Dame. I went up there and got one of the top performers of the camp awards. Afterwards, I got a tour of campus. So it made for a pretty good day."
Not only did the Irish show early interest in Bivin, he also grew up a fan of Notre Dame Football.
"Notre Dame has always been pretty much my dream school ever since I was a little kid. Ever since I watched Rudy the first time it has been my dream school. They have not offered yet, but they are high on my list. I'm pretty optimistic now that they will offer and I hope so as they would be at the top of my list if they did so."
As for any other schools who have shown early interest. The Irish could be looking to battle in-state school Kentucky.
"Right now I just have the offer from Kentucky that I got in camp."
So what is Hunter looking for in a school?
"I'm just looking to get the best education I can, play at the highest level I can, and do what is best for my family."
During his time on campus Hunter received an eye opening experience."
"What really opened my eyes was just how beautiful the campus is. Everything on campus is just top-notch. Everything there is as good as it gets. But what really caught my eye was the stadium. The stadium is like nothing else. There are no jumbotrons or advertisements; it's just you, the fans and the football and that really blew my mind."
One thing Hunter will always remember is making the walk all Notre Dame Fans dream of making and hitting the "Play Like A Champion Today" sign.
"That made my knees tremble as I was thinking about all the great players that had gone down there and touched that sign and walked that hallway. It was unreal and unlike anything I had ever witnessed before."
So when does Hunter expect to hear something from the Notre Dame coaches about their interest?
"After the tour Coach Hinton pulled me aside because Coach Kelly was not in town. He told me I needed to call him back in about a week and they would let me know as far as an offer goes. He said I looked like a Notre Dame offensive lineman to him, but he and Coach Warinner needed to talk with Coach Kelly first."
And if the Irish would extend an offer to him in the next couple of weeks?
"I'm not ready to commit this early, so I will tell the coaches how much I appreciate the offer and then look to take my mother up there so she can see it and then make the best decision for me and my family."