Brent Rides Emotional Roller Coaster On Visit

Notre Dame 2014 pledge Justin Brent planned on seeing as many Notre Dame games as possible this season, however, with a busy football season of his own, Brent had to wait until this past Saturday to see his first Irish game.

Speedway (IN) wide receiver and Notre Dame 2014 pledge Justin Brent attended his first Irish home game over the weekend. While Brent had hoped to visit for many of the Irish home contests, his schedule kept him away.

Needless to say, a unique Saturday in South Bend left the 6-foot-3, 195-pound receiver impressed.

"Besides the spring game this was the first time I was there in front of all those people," said Brent. "I was excited to go as the game started at 3:30 and I was there by noon. I watched the walk and then they had me go watch a video before going down on the field. There were 80,000 people jumping up and down and screaming at the top of their lungs, and also celebrities. What more do you want out of a football game?

"After the game I walked into the locker room and Everett (Golson) came up and asked if I was the 2014 guy, and he told me 'We're going to need you.'

"You could see they were excited they won but it was more of a sigh of relief. I also got to meet (assistant) coach (Chuck) Martin's wife and it was awesome and a great time."

The back and forth battle between the Irish and Pittsburgh allowed Brent to share his excitement with a couple of future teammates.

"I was there with Steve (Elmer) and Jaylon (Smith) and we were going through all the emotions as one minute we wanted to cry and the next we are screaming because they won," said Brent. "It was crazy and I was just happy they won."

Brent also learned how quickly things can change on and off the field.

"It was crazy as I was getting all these tweets and some of the media was saying Notre Dame was on upset alert," said Brent. "Then the Irish go down the field and Everett throws the pick in the end zone and Pitt gets the ball and right there I think the game is over. Next thing you know (it's overtime) they miss the field goal and then Everett scores, it was awesome and like being on a roller coaster."

Brent wasn't alone on the trip as he looked to share in his good fortune with a big fan of the Irish.

"It was just me and my coach as I wanted to let him see things," said Brent. "For him to have the access to be on the field and see game day was great as he's a big Notre Dame fan."

Brent has seen more interest come his way since his pledge to the Irish. He knew with his commitment also came great responsibility to perform.

"My season is over as we lost in the second round of the playoffs to the number one team in the state," said Brent. "My final stats were like 54 catches for 990 yards and 13 touchdowns and I also rushed two times for 113 yards and one touchdown.

"To be honest I didn't expect to do so well individually. But as a team you want to get as far as you can. I knew I was going to have a target on my back and knew teams were going to send two people on me and do everything they could do to keep me from catching the ball. But I think I did very well and was really proud. However, now it's time to really work and hopefully crack 1,000 next year."


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