Chris Katrenick will spend this month trying to show improvement in a quick turnaround.
Several programs stopped to see the rising junior quarterback from Algonquin, Ill., during the spring evaluation period and left some pointers behind. Katrenick hopes to put their advice on display during several June camps.
“Some of them gave me some pointers, so I’m gonna work on a lot of that,” Katrenick said. “I’m gonna be a little quicker with everything I do and be a little more intense. I’ll just be a leader at these camps. That’s just part of me, being a leader. Having an offer helps a lot with confidence and all that stuff that goes along with it.”
Katrenick already holds a scholarship offer from Virginia, which pulled the trigger after an assistant watched him work out last month.
Penn State, Northern Illinois, Northern Iowa, Wisconsin, North Carolina and Western Michigan were among the other programs to check in. Katrenick plans to camp this weekend at Iowa (Saturday) and Wisconsin (Sunday).
“That’s just been a dream school for me,” Katrenick said. “I’ve been watching Notre Dame games my whole life. I go out there usually once a year to watch a game. I know that they recruit nationally and other schools recruit more locally. I just really love Notre Dame and it’s a really popular school. Being invited to Irish Invasion, that means a lot to me. That shows they have at least some interest in me.”
Katrenick wants to work out for the Notre Dame staff but also test himself against what should be a bevy of talent from across the country.
“There’s gonna be a lot of crazy good athletes there,” Katrenick said. “I’m looking to compete against them. That’ll also help put me out there if I’m a good competitor to these guys.”
Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia are other camps the 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect is targeting before the summer ends. Down the line Katrenick hopes a busy workout slate will create some options.
Weighing suitors will come farther down the line.
“I think academics are really important to me because I’m a good student,” Katrenick said. “That’s just really important to me. I also will look at the coaching staff, obviously, and the interest shown and all that. I also want to be not too far but it depends. I haven’t seen a lot of these schools I’m going to, so we’ll just have to see how the campus is. All that makes a difference, like the atmosphere.”