Pocic Planning Return Trip to Notre Dame

The recruiting process is already active for Lemont (Ill.) Township High four-star offensive tackle Ethan Pocic, but the intensity is going to increase shortly as he begins planning his unofficial visit schedule. He spoke to IrishEyes.com about his recruitment, where Notre Dame stands, and why he plans on making a spring appearance in South Bend, Ind.

Ethan Pocic's crazy spring is already underway.

The four-star offensive tackle from Lemont (Ill.) Township High holds plenty of big-time offers, and is in the process of setting up spring visits as he hopes to whittle a list that includes the likes of Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska, Wisconsin and Ohio State.

"I want to see spring practices," the 6-foot-6, 280-pound Pocic said. "I'm probably going to go to Notre Dame to see one. I want to see how it's run."

Pocic was offered by the Irish in the early part of the summer, and he while his recruiting coach is offensive coordinator Chuck Martin, he had developed a relationship with then-offensive line coach Ed Warinner.

But Warinner is now at Ohio State, and Pocic is in the process of learning more about new Irish offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. The two have spoken on the phone a few times, but they have not met.

"I talk to mostly coach Martin, and I'm going on a visit to Notre Dame sometime this spring (to meet Hiestand)," said Pocic, who talked about what he knows about Hiestand. "He sends a lot of players to the NFL."

"I want to find out about the offensive line coach. That's about it. I know a lot about the school." Pocic continues to talk regularly with Martin.

"We talk about Notre Dame football, the academics, (that) you can get a very good job once you leave there and just how great of a place it is," Pocic said. "I know about the tradition, (and the) good education. It's just a great place. It's not the biggest campus in the world."

While the Irish are recruiting Pocic hard, they are not alone. Plenty of schools are pushing hard for spring visits, and he knows a handful he plans to check out.

"I'm going to be going up to Ohio State sometime in the spring, and Michigan on (Feb.) 18," he said. "I'll probably go to Iowa and Nebraska on some weekends. I'm still in the process of (setting visits up)."

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