For Chase Pine, the Irish Invasion isn’t just another opportunity to improve his skills.
It’s his shot to earn a scholarship to Notre Dame.
“It’s like a tryout, trying to make a team,” said Pine, a 6-foot-4, 220-pounder from Lafayette High School in Williamsburg, Va. “You always have to compete against everyone so I have to act like it’s just another day but I’ll do my best at this camp.”
Pine is prepared to do what it takes to stick out.
“I know the best of the best will be there,” he said. “I know there’s going to be a lot of competition and 7-on-7’s and 1-on-1’s. That’s a plus for me because that’s where I do my best. I like having competition.”
Notre Dame has been near the top of Pine’s short list throughout the recruiting process. An offer would keep the Irish in front of the pack.
“If Notre Dame did offer they would definitely be in the top three for sure,” Pine said. “It would be a tight race for the other two spots. Anything can go between now and the time I have my decision. I’ll probably make my decision in September or October, sometime in the middle of the season.”
Pine has remained in close contact with Irish assistant Scott Booker and he’s looking forward to the chance to prove himself on Friday night.
Pine is just as eager to work out on the same field where many of his favorite players have competed in the past.
“Seeing Manti Te’o and Everett Golson just changed everything for me toward Notre Dame,” he said. “I just like the tradition that they have and how they play ever since I’ve watched them for the first time.”
Before the Irish Invasion, Pine will take part in Notre Dame’s recruiting event, which begins at 12:30 p.m.
“We’ll do some stuff like a regular junior day,” Pine said. “We’re going to go around the campus with our recruiting coach and talk to some of the staff and get some one-on-one time with them.”
Scout.com ranks Pine as the 87th best outside linebacker in the nation and the No. 2 prospect in the state of Virginia.