Sophomore two-way lineman P.J. Mustipher returned to Notre Dame on Saturday for his second Irish visit this fall and left feeling good about his position on Brian Kelly’s recruiting board.
“It was another great visit,” said Mustipher, 6-foot-5, 285-pounder from Owings Mills, Md. “The coaches said they’re really impressed with me.”
Mustipher, the younger brother of Irish offensive lineman Sam Mustipher, spent time talking with Notre Dame assistants Mike Elston, Keith Gilmore, Scott Booker and several others.
“They said to just keep working and great things will come my way,” Mustipher said.
The offensive guard/defensive tackle prospect originally had planned to visit West Virginia but opted to accept the Irish invitation to attend Senior Day against Wake Forest. Mustipher also attended the season-opener against Texas.
“It was great,” he said. “The offensive line coach even told me (Sam) is really getting better and working hard.”
Mustipher enjoyed his time in the locker room after the Irish’s win.
“That's always a cool part,” he said. “I got a chance to talk with some of the guys and listen to coach (Brian) Kelly give his speech. He said keep pushing forward and stick together as a team.”
The visit helped Mustipher to further develop his relationships with the Notre Dame staff and to learn more about the program.
He hopes Notre Dame’s interest eventually leads to a scholarship offer. Mustipher already has offers from Tennessee, Penn State, Duke and Maryland.
“I have a strong relationship with the linebackers coach and coach Booker recruited my brother,” Mustipher said. “As far as offering, I could be offered, I could not be. I’m definitely going to wait and see. If it doesn’t come I’m always trying to get better in the off-season. I’m just trying to improve my game.”
Mustipher, who also is being recruited by Michigan State, Penn State, Tennessee, West Virginia and several others, plans to play basketball this winter. In the off-season he’ll work out and fine-tune his technique.
“I’m at three-technique right now but in the off-season I want to drop a little fat off and try to get to where I can play a lot of defensive end and three-technique,” he said. “It’s three-technique for now but definitely in the off-season I want to try and move out to D-end more than I did this year.”