Then the junior quarterback from Algonquin, Ill., hit the summer camp circuit. Stops included Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Purdue and North Carolina. Programs are now starting to follow up on that interest with direct contact, which started earlier this month.
“It’s been really surprising actually for me,” Katrenick said. “I did not expect that many schools. But I also think I know I can play at that level of school, so I’m really excited. I’m just really grateful these schools are talking to me. Certain schools are showing more interest than others but there are a few that surprised me. It’s fun to go through this whole process.”
Katrenick will stay busy over the next month talking with coaches in person on unofficial visits. He’s scheduled to see Notre Dame this weekend. Wisconsin is up next on Sept. 26 when it hosts Hawaii.
Indiana will get the visits started last weekend.
When Katrenick makes his way to South Bend, it’ll be far from the first trip.
His grandfather graduated from Notre Dame and several family members are fans. Katrenick has been going to games since elementary school. This time, however, will be a little different than the usual game day experience.
“It’s definitely going to be very different,” Katrenick said. “It’ll be the first time I’ve ever been a recruit for Notre Dame and have to think back to being a little kid thinking that I’m gonna play for Notre Dame one day. Now I’ll be a recruit, which is crazy.”
Notre Dame has picked up its interest since Sept. 1 and an offer would likely mean a great deal. However, Katrenick wants to remain business-like about the recruiting process, which could be a challenge with the Irish.
“It’s probably my dream school,” Katrenick said. “But as I’m getting into the whole recruiting process, I’m really open to everything. Just the whole childhood dream and everything, that would be Notre Dame.”
Katrenick also hopes to visit Northwestern this fall then could make return trips to any of the previously visited programs, pending his own football schedule.
Katrenick said he’s completing better than 70 percent of his passes so far this fall.
“That’s something I really wanted to work on from last season,” he said. “I plan to keep improving that, which I think is probably the most important stat, the completions.”