Linebacker Pete Werner has been one of the fastest-rising prospects in the Midwest this spring.
The Cathedral product earned his fourth star this month and picked up offers from California, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Tennessee and Texas A&M in the process. That jump led to a couple weekend visits for the Indianapolis product.
Michigan hosted Werner and his parents on Friday, and Notre Dame hosted them Saturday for Junior Day.
“It’s weird, both are great schools and both are academically very good and good on the football field, but there’s a different feel between them,” Werner said.
“Michigan has a new defensive coordinator from Boston College, who ranked first in the nation in defense, so Michigan is going to really, really good. Michigan has a bunch of great coaches, and I got to talk to (Jim) Harbaugh for a while and he was pretty funny.
“I also got to meet (quarterback) Brandon Peters, who’s from Indiana, and he was telling me how much he liked it.”
Following a full day at Michigan, Peters and his parents drove to South Bend on Friday evening.
“It’s been a lot,” Werner said. “We left Indianapolis on Thursday and got to Michigan around 8:30 p.m. that night. We took in meetings at 9:30 a.m. the next morning and then talked to the coaches and saw campus before driving to South Bend that night and waking up and doing Junior Day.
“At Notre Dame I got to meet the coaches. It was great talking with (Mike) Elston and the defensive coordinator. They have a lot of interest in me and talked about how much they want me. It was a really good time.”
Werner further compared the Irish and Wolverines.
“Michigan has bigger facilities,” Werner said. “The players were different at each school. I think each coach recruits differently. Some schools recruit for the personality as well as football and academics. Other schools recruit you if you have a pulse.”
Werner is not rushing a decision, but he has full pedal down on the recruiting process.
“You’re going from a school that has 35,000 people to a school with just above 8,000,” Werner said. “So it’s going to be a process to decide what I want. I’ll have to sit down with my parents and figure that part out because I don’t really know what size school I want.”
Werner takes in Ohio State for the first time next weekend.
In addition to Notre Dame and Michigan, Werner has also visited Duke, Illinois, Michigan State, Penn State and Wisconsin this spring.
Werner is the second-ranked prospect in Indiana behind quarterback Hunter Johnson.