Irish in good position for Mustipher
Offensive guard Sam Mustipher of Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel was one of two marquee players on hand Wednesday for Notre Dame's spring practice. Offensive tackle Jamarco Jones of Chicago (Ill.) De La Salle was present as well. "The visit went really great," Mustipher said. "My little brother and my mom loved it. My dad liked it a lot too, but he had seen Notre Dame before. This was my mom's and brother's first trip. The staff was great as always, and South Bend is one of the more hospitable places that I've been." Mustipher broke down the day's events. "I got to watch an early workout and then sit in on some meetings," Mustipher said. "It was cool I got to listen in on the players and [offensive line] Coach (Harry) Hiestand. Then, I got to watch practice. Everything was run at such a fast tempo. All 45 minutes, they were going drill to drill as efficiently as possible. The offense looked a little off today, but (offensive coordinator) Coach Martin was sick and he was standing back a little. I'm sure that will change as soon as he gets back out there." "After practice, my family and I got a tour of campus and the facilities," Mustipher said. "My brother loved going into the locker room. He grew up watching 'Rudy.' We toured the bookstore and got a view of campus from the 14th floor on top of the library. I talked with Coach Hiestand for a while, and I talked with [tight ends] Coach (Scott) Booker for 15 minutes and with Coach Martin for 15 minutes." Mustipher knew what to expect on his return visit to Notre Dame, but he really wanted to find out how the rest of his family would view the Irish. "I would say the highlight of my trip was letting my mom and brother see campus and then seeing how much they liked it at Notre Dame," Mustipher said. Asked if he could see himself as a member of the Irish, Mustipher responded: "Definitely. Without question." Mustipher says even though he's not naming favorites, a commitment could come at any time. "I don't have a timeline at all," the 6-foot-3, 286-pound offensive guard said. "It will just be when I wake up and feel that it's right. I don't have any leaders, but Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, Maryland and Vanderbilt are recruiting me the hardest. "North Carolina and Florida are up there as well. I'm visiting Ohio State on Thursday, and when I finish that visit, I'll have a good feeling for the football programs recruiting me." Mustipher is a four-star prospect and the No. 2 ranked offensive guard in 2014.
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