Sophomore defensive end Alex Reigelsperger already holds scholarship offers from several programs and expects that list to grow this spring.
He talked with Notre Dame assistant coach Mike Elston on Monday and has a visit to South Bend planned for later this spring.
“I just got off the phone with coach Elston from Notre Dame and I will be making a visit out there around March or April for a spring practice,” he said. “I know Notre Dame has great facilities from what I see and hear from other people and on TV and also, they're just great. They always have a winning season, always are in bowl games, usually in the top 10 and always top 25, so the coaches must know what they're doing. Also, it is an education school. I like the educational challenge aspect of ND.”
Reigelsperger, a 6-foot-4, 237-pounder from Wayne High School in Huber Heights, Ohio, has already landed offers from Kentucky, Purdue and Western Michigan.
He plans to visit several other schools in the coming weeks.
“I am taking a visit to Kentucky on March 5 and taking a visit to Miami of Ohio on March 12, where they will also offer me, and a visit later in March or April to Michigan State and Penn State to also receive offers from them,” Reigelsperger said. “I'm going to try and go to a Notre Dame camp and an Oregon one and Penn State, but I am for sure going to a Cincinnati camp and one at Ohio State and Kentucky and N.C. State also. I’m going to The Opening (Regional) in Columbus too.”
Notre Dame’s interest in Reigelsperger began just a few weeks ago when the Irish sent him a camp invitation.
He then called Elston and was invited to stop by campus.
Kentucky tops Reigelsperger’s short list early but that could change with more scholarship offers.
“Right now it’s Kentucky the most and then Western Michigan and Oregon and Penn State,” he said. “What sticks out about UK is their new facilities and the fact they're SEC. I love that they're SEC. What stuck out about Western Michigan is the way they treated me on a visit. They treated me great and really treated me like family and showed me a great atmosphere. What stuck out about Penn State is when I went on a visit there, the atmosphere during the game was crazy; it was ridiculous and they also have great facilities. Oregon sticks out because I've always liked Oregon, since I was younger and I still do. Their coaches were very, smart and knew what they are talking about and help me with my recruiting.”
As a sophomore, Reigelsperger recorded 71 tackles and 11 ½ sacks. He also played tight end.