1. Favorite part of your Notre Dame visit?
Ian Book: Meeting all of my new teammates
Parker Boudreaux: Spending time with the players and recruits and walking around the greatest campus of all time
Chase Claypool: The people
Liam Eichenberg: Echoes
Jalen Elliott: The game
Tommy Kraemer: Experiencing the game day atmosphere
Jamir Jones: Eating
Tony Jones Jr.: Hanging with the players
Julian Love: Hanging out with the team and my friends
D.J. Morgan: Meeting Manti Te’o and Pat Connaughton and watching the Notre Dame pickup basketball game down in floor seats with Mr. Jack Swarbrick
Julian Okwara: Campus and facilities
Troy Pride Jr.: The game vs. Southern Cal!
John Shannon: Taking pictures on the field a night
2. Coolest piece of mail received, Notre Dame or otherwise?
Book: Notre Dame – Golden leprechaun
Boudreaux: Syracuse – “P-Money for Heisman”
Claypool: Michigan – Me on a billboard wearing their uniform
Eichenberg: Notre Dame – Golden leprechaun
Elliott: Notre Dame – Official scholarship letter
Kraemer: Notre Dame – Scholarship letter
Jones: Syracuse – “Jay Z used to run NY but then Jamir committed to Cuse”
Jones Jr.: Kentucky – A puzzle of me in their uniform
Love: Notre Dame – Official scholarship paper
Morgan: Cal-Berkeley – Me on the cover of Sports Illustrated
Okwara: Notre Dame – Official scholarship letter
Pride Jr.: North Carolina – A picture of a little boy watching me play, and he had on my jersey!
Shannon: Alabama – Their letters
3. Funniest coach you dealt with at Notre Dame?
Book: Mike Sanford
Boudreaux: Harry Hiestand
Claypool: Mike Denbrock and Brian Kelly
Eichenberg: Mike Sanford
Elliott: Bob Elliott
Kraemer: Bob Elliott
Jones: Bob Elliott
Jones Jr.: Mike Denbrock
Love: Mike Denbrock, for sure
Morgan: Mike Denbrock
Okwara: Keith Gilmore
Pride Jr.: Autry Denson
Shannon: Keith Gilmore
4. First offer?
Eichenberg: Ohio State
Elliott: Old Dominion
Jones: Old Dominion
Jones Jr.: Cincinnati
Okwara: Boston College
Pride Jr.: Virginia Tech
Shannon: West Virginia
5. Like the recruiting process?
Book: Yes, it was fun.
Boudreaux: Yeah, but it got a little too crazy.
Eichenberg: I hated it – awful.
Elliott: It was fun, but I’m glad it’s over.
Kraemer: I loved it.
Jones: No, not at all.
Jones Jr.: Yes.
Love: No, it was too stressful.
Morgan: It had its pros and cons.
Okwara: It’s a little stressful and a big decision.
Pride Jr.: I really liked it.
Shannon: Not really, very time consuming.
6. Did “4 for 40” impact your decision?
Book: Yes, education is a huge part of it.
Boudreaux: Of course, it’s about life after football. Football doesn’t last forever.
Eichenberg: Academics made my decision. Attending Notre Dame will help me even when football is over.
Elliott: Yes, because someday football will end.
Kraemer: Absolutely, Notre Dame will take care of you long after football is over.
Jones: Yes, definitely.
Jones Jr.: Yes, some parts of it
Love: Tremendously, I know that I will get a Notre Dame degree regardless of what the future holds for me. And with the degree I will it pay it forward to Notre Dame by hiring future football graduates into my company.
Morgan: Yes, definitely!
Okwara: Yes, I’ll be set for the rest of my life, and I’ll meet people who want to make a change in the world in the future.
Pride Jr.: Yes!
Shannon: Yes, football only lasts to long. A degree is something you have your entire life.
7. Best meal you had on a recruiting visit, Notre Dame or otherwise?
Book: Notre Dame – Soft pretzel with this unreal sauce
Boudreaux: Notre Dame – Ruth’s Chris
Claypool: Notre Dame – Steak, potatoes, pasta (training table)
Eichenberg: Notre Dame – Steak and shrimp (training table)
Elliott: Notre Dame – Pretty much all of the food
Kraemer: Vanderbilt - Barbeque
Jones: Notre Dame – Breakfast at the Morris Inn
Jones Jr.: Notre Dame – Soho when they cook in front of you
Love: Notre Dame – I loved the “pig wings” (training table)
Morgan: Notre Dame – Chicken strips, hot dog with barbeque sauce (training table)
Okwara: Notre Dame – A really nice cookout on my official visit
Pride Jr.: N.C. State – Filet mignon and key lime pie
Shannon: Notre Dame – Meal at halftime in the lounge
8. Most looking forward to about being a Notre Dame student-athlete?
Book: New team camaraderie.
Claypool: The opportunities.
Eichenberg: The connections I’ll create.
Elliott: The connections I’ll be able to make.
Kraemer: Being able to compete with the top on the field and in the classroom.
Jones: Being a part of the tradition.
Jones Jr.: The game atmosphere.
Love: Being challenged academically.
Morgan: Being around great people who want to succeed not just athletically but also academically.
Okwara: Being in college with people who want to see you be great academically and in sports, and being away from people who bring you down
Pride Jr.: Workouts with the team and individualism with classes.
Shannon: Being part of the best university in America.
9. Game on the schedule in 2016 you’re most looking forward to?
Book: Week One at Texas
Boudreaux: National Championship
Eichenberg: Michigan State
Elliott: Shamrock Series game
Jones: National Championship
Jones Jr.: Miami
Love: Michigan State
Pride Jr.: Virginia Tech
Shannon: Michigan State
10. Breakout Irish freshman in your class?
Book: Kevin Stepherson
Eichenberg: Jalen Elliott
Elliott: I would like to think myself in 2016.
Kraemer: Tony Jones
Jones: Chase Claypool
Jones Jr.: Everybody
Love: Me, I committed early, so I was sort of forgotten about. I’ve been working hard and look forward to showing what I have to offer.
Morgan: Parker Boudreaux or Tony Jones
Okwara: All of us. We’re all going to make an impact whether it’s in practice, on special teams, or anywhere.
Pride Jr.: Troy Pride Jr.
Shannon: Chase Claypool