Barajas spends quality time at Notre Dame

Notre Dame four-star linebacker commit Josh Barajas of Merrillville (Ind.) Andrean spent the night at Notre Dame on Wednesday. He recaps that trip, including a lot of one-on-one time spent with the defensive staff.

After flipping his pledge from Penn State to Notre Dame almost three weeks ago, four-star linebacker Josh Barajas made the hour drive from Merrillville, Indiana to Notre Dame for an overnight visit.

A major part of his visit included lots of time spent with the staff, primarily defensive linemen coach Mike Elston, who was Barajas' primary recruiter.

"I got there around 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday," Barajas said. "I had one-on-one meetings with Coach Elston, Coach (Brian) VanGorder and Coach (Brian) Kelly. They all went great. Not that I was having any doubts at all, but those meetings just reassured everything about my decision."

"They see me playing the SAM linebacker," Barajas said. "I'm 100 percent confident about playing that role. Right now, they have a safety playing there, and they are kind of lacking at that position, so if I do what I'm supposed to do in the weight room and as far as learning the playbook, I could get some good early playing time."

Following his individual meetings with the staff, the 6-foot-3, 212-linebacker joined the defense for a team meeting with coordinator VanGorder.

"It was awesome," Barajas said. "I didn't understand anything, it was crazy. So much terminology that I have never heard that was specific to Notre Dame's defense. But, hearing Coach VanGorder talk is always cool. He definitely has a lot of energy. He focused on doing the little things right, like the first step and hand placement."

After watching the team partake in a conditioning practice, Barajas joined Elston for his first dinner of the night.

"Coach Elston and I went out to dinner, and we didn't talk about anything too serious," Barajas said. "Then I went out for a second dinner with some of the freshmen on the defensive line and hung out with them the rest of the night."

On Thursday morning, before Barajas left campus, he joined the staff for a film review.

"We watched film and talked about what the staff was going to try to accomplish today at practice," Barajas said. "It was all very organized with a very specific plan."

"The visit was great," Barajas added. "I did a lot in just one day, but I learned a lot more about Notre Dame."

Barajas said he plans to be back at Notre Dame again this summer, but he does not have a future date in mind.

A four-star prospect, Barajas is ranked as the No. 11 outside linebacker in the class of 2015 and as the No. 1 player in the state of Indiana. Top Stories