4-star talks ND visit

Nathan Smith picked up an offer from Notre Dame last week. On Tuesday, Smith visited for the first time. The California athlete recaps his experience, including conversations with Brian Kelly and Harry Hiestand.

Offensive tackle Nathan Smith was not on Notre Dame’s campus for more than an hour Tuesday afternoon, but the aura of the Guglielmino Athletics Complex still struck a positive cord with the four-star prospect from Murietta (Calif.) Mesa.

“There was so much tradition inside of the athletic complex,” Smith said. “That’s where we spent all of our time. The Heisman trophies on display and the national championships - it was crazy to see that up close.”

Illinois was originally scheduled to be the lone Midwest school to host Smith during his spring break tour, but after Notre Dame offered last week the 6-foot-7, 265-pound lineman adjusted his plans.

“It was a quick visit since we got there at 3:30 p.m. and had to leave by 4:30 p.m., but I got to meet all of the coaches,” Smith said. “I also got to see the weight room and meet some of the players.”

Smith and his father were able to meet with Brian Kelly in the head coach’s office.

“Coach Kelly told me that he liked the type of player that I was and he was excited that I came to visit,” Smith said. “He wants me to come back this summer or fall.”

Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand was also able to spend one-on-one time with Smith.

“He told me that he was going to take two or three more offensive linemen in this class,” Smith said. “He said that I would be a good fit because Notre Dame’s offensive linemen traditionally do very well in the classroom. He wants to me to come to a game this fall because he said they’re really exciting.”

Smith plans to cut his offer list to approximately 10 following visits to Miami, Arizona and Arizona State this week.

Smith is a four-star prospect and is ranked as the No. 28 offensive tackle in the class of 2016.

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