LB Beisel Recaps Notre Dame Visit

Rockwood Summit High (Fenton, Mo.) linebacker Eric Beisel was on Notre Dame's campus Saturday to watch practice and enjoy junior day. After returning home, he spoke to IrishEyes.com about his visit, and what he was told about a possible offer.

Eric Beisel didn't get an offer from Notre Dame during his Saturday visit, but it doesn't mean he is closing the door on the Irish.

The Rockwood Summit High (Fenton, Mo.) linebacker got his first look at the South Bend, Ind., campus and watched Irish linebacker Manti Te'o at practice, and both made an impression.

"I didn't get an offer but I enjoyed it," the 6-foot-4, 236-pound Beisel said. "I had a good time. The coaches said they're going to keep evaluating me. They want to keep watching film. The main thing they kept saying is I'm in striking distance and they don't want me to be too far away from Notre Dame and an offer can be at my doorstep any day right now."

Beisel already holds offers from Arkansas, Illinois, Nebraska and Missouri, and for the Irish to stay in the race an offer will have to come soon.

"I would like a Notre Dame offer but I'm more focused on the other four schools at this point," Beisel said. "A few of the schools I am talking to, I'm No. 1 on their list."

During the visit, Beisel spoke with defensive coordinator Bob Diaco and assistant Bob Elliott and watched practice with linebacker recruit Jordan Mastrogiovanni, who did pick up an offer o the trip.

"Jordan and I were together the whole time," Beisel said. "We were basically watching Manti the whole time."

And while the Irish campus was different than what Beisel is used to, that didn't matter.

"I live in St. Louis so it's more upbeat," he said. "But I looked more into the football because if I did go to Notre Dame, that's all I would really focus on any so. The slower-paced lifestyle didn't matter to me at all. I could adapt to that."

Whether Beisel makes a return visit to campus will depend on whether the Irish offer, but right now he is concentrating on making other visits.

"I'll probably go back to Arkansas for a spring practice, and probably go back to Nebraska and Illinois, too," Beisel said. "Sometime maybe in a month or so I'll go back to Missouri."


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