Brent Earns First Offer

Two-sport standout Justin Brent was torn between football and basketball when IrishEyes.com first spoke with him back in April. On Friday, Brent started to see things more clearly as he picked up his first scholarship offer.

Speedway, Indiana wide receiver Justin Brent didn't expect to pick up his first scholarship offer when he made a return trip to Notre Dame on Friday with his coach, mother and other family members. However, by the time Brent headed back home to the central part of the state, he was the newest potential member of the 2014 recruiting class.

"I'm doing pretty good," said Brent. "It means a lot that Notre Dame is the first school to offer me. They were also the first school that visited me in school and the first school I visited and attended a college football game at."

How was his return trip to South Bend?

"It was great as I visited with my mom and family," said Brent. "My mom loved it. She's a teacher so she loves the academics of Notre Dame."

As a two-sport standout, Brent struggled early when thinking about giving up basketball for football. Does the Irish offer push him more towards the gridiron?

"I wouldn't say that," said Brent. "Basketball is something I still like to play. However, I know football is definitely what I want to continue to do in college. But I definitely want to continue playing basketball right now."

As for what stood out the most during his most recent visit, Brent said there are just too many things to like.

"It would be hard to pick just one," said Brent. "The tradition and everything is second to none. The campus is just amazing and my sister who is only five years old loved it."

While Brent is sure to hear from others, does the lure of Notre Dame place him in a position to make an early pledge?

"I'm not sure," said Brent. "That is something I'm going to have to decide here soon. Right now they don't want me to rush in to anything and want me to be sure Notre Dame is what I want academically and athletically. So I'll take a few days thinking things over before doing anything."


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