Martin Andrus landed an offer from Notre Dame earlier this month, which prompted him to consider an official visit to South Bend this fall.
“I’m actually trying to visit,” said Andrus, a 6-foot-2 ½, 270-pound defensive lineman from Los Angeles Senior High School in California. “It will probably be an official visit.”
Andrus has remained in contact with Irish defensive line coach Keith Gilmore.
“I haven't really got to meet him,” said the four-star prospect. “I talked to him on the phone a little bit. From the little time I have spoken to him he seemed like a cool, calm kind of dude, laid back. He's a good person.”
Over the weekend Andrus attended Southern Cal’s spring practice and he has a few more visits planned for the spring.
“I just went to USC's spring practice on Saturday and I'm supposed to be taking a visit on Wednesday to UCLA,” he said. “Also, I will be attending Oregon's spring game and of course USC and UCLA's, as of right now.”
At USC, Andrus had the chance to mingle with the coaches and to meet several current Trojan players.
“It was fun,” he said. “I saw some good competition and got to talk to some of the coaches and the other recruits and players, the USC players. It was fun.”
USC and UCLA are among Andrus’ early favorites.
“They rank pretty high in my recruitment now but I'm still wide open,” he said. “Off the top of my head it's Oregon, LSU, Notre Dame, Arizona, Nebraska and I think that's pretty much it off the top of my head right now.”
College coaches are split on where they project Andrus to play at the next level.
At LA Senior, he racked up more than 120 tackles and 10 sacks from a variety of defensive line positions.
“I pretty much played the whole D-line,” he said. “I played D-end, tackle, nose, anywhere. I feel comfortable at the three and the five-technique.”
Scout.com ranks Andrus as the 77th best prospect and sixth best defensive tackle in the nation.