Four-star offensive tackle Liam Eichenberg committed to Notre Dame back in April and has visited campus several times throughout the recruiting process.
He returned on Friday for “The Echoes” and was impressed with the fanfare surrounding the event.
“It was a good experience,” said Eichenberg, a 6-foot-5, 285-pounder from St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio. “It was just normal stuff. I’ve seen everything before so it was just a normal visit.”
With the recruiting process behind him, Eichenberg further developed the relationships he’s built with his future coaches and teammates.
“I talked to Tommy Kraemer a lot,” he said. “We were just talking about how great it’s going to be when we get there. We’re both looking forward to it. I talked to coach (Harry) Hiestand and coach (Brian) Kelly too but it was mainly coach Hiestand and we went to position meetings and stuff like that.”
In the meeting room, Hiestand pushed his current linemen to work hard at practice to be ready for Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1.
“He just wants everyone to be their best when that game starts,” Eichenberg said. “He wants everyone to be perfect.”
Eichenberg and the other visitors had the opportunity to catch practice on Friday before attending the awards show as VIPs.
“We sat in a box on the side so we had better seats,” he said. “They had a place for us to eat. It was a private room with a buffet. It was nice.”
Eichenberg also spent time recruiting Caleb Kelly, the five-star linebacker from Fresno, Calif., who was on his official visit. He also saw four-star defensive back Jordan Fuller but didn’t have the opportunity to speak with him.
“I talked to Caleb a little bit but I didn’t really talk to Jordan that much,” Eichenberg said. “I think with Caleb it’s between Notre Dame and Oklahoma. He was hanging around Daelin (Hayes) a lot too.”
Eichenberg, a first-team All-Ohioan, will close out his high school football career at the Under Armour All-America Game in January.