"What about Everett Golson," was the first thing Shelby Spence asked after leaving Saturday's annual Blue-Gold spring game. "I was keeping my eye on him because we are similar quarterbacks with similar styles. I felt he played great today."
The son of former Irish defensive back Marv Spence, Shelby has made several trips to Notre Dame over the years but Saturday he started to look at things a little differently.
"We drove up this morning to Notre Dame from Chicago," said Spence. "This gave me a chance to talk with the coaches, Coach (Chuck) Martin and Coach (Kerry) Cooks in particular.
"I also had a chance to sit in on the offensive meeting as Coach Martin went over the offense and how you fit in at Notre Dame. I then got a chance to take in the pregame warm-ups and watch the game."
While many will feel the Irish would enjoy an inside track with the Chicago (IL) De La Salle quarterback, others are also showing early interest.
"I've been hearing from Notre Dame, Northwestern, Duke, Wisconsin and Florida State," explained Spence. "It definitely would be great to earn of offer from Notre Dame, but my parents are not pushing me there."
Nevertheless, Spence expressed his strong interest in the Irish program.
"I definitely have strong interest in Notre Dame," said Spence. Academics and football are very important to me and they have both at Notre Dame. So that makes them a strong contender."
While just a short drive from South Bend, Spence doesn't see distance as a factor when the time comes for him to make a decision.
"Distance should not really be a factor for me," he said. "I'm looking for a school that I'm very comfortable with and have a good relationship with the coaches. There also has to be great academics."
One thing that impressed Spence is the change at offensive coordinator.
"Obviously it is Coach Martin's first year as the offensive coordinator so it was a lot different from when Coach (Charley) Molnar was running the offense," said Spence. "It was nice to see how he's doing things and I think Notre Dame has a great future ahead of them with him as offensive coordinator."
Also making an impression on the young signal caller was a couple of future Irish players.
Following his visit to South Bend, Spence is done with his spring travels with his sights set on getting to several summer camps.
"I'm just wrapping up my spring visits," said Spence. "Most of the things schools are saying is they need to get me into camp to throw live for them as they find that very important. So we're going to get down to some schools this summer and do that."
Expect Spence to visit the Irish this summer as he looks to earn an offer from the Irish.