Sophomore quarterback Tadas Tatarunas made the most of his week off school.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pounder from Mentor High School in Northeast Ohio used his spring break to visit several college football programs.
“I wanted to do some visits over spring break,” Tatarunas said. “We were going through Indiana, Northwestern, Purdue and Notre Dame since they were all close to each other.”
Tatarunas and his entourage, consisting of his mother and sisters, began the week at Northwestern on Monday. He then made his way to Purdue, Indiana and Notre Dame.
“On Monday I talked with Northwestern’s head coach, offensive coordinator, QB coach and offensive line coach,” he said. “The next day at Purdue I had a meeting with the head coach, quarterback coach, offensive coordinator and the next day I went to Indiana and talked to the offensive coordinator after that and said hello to the head coach. At Notre Dame I talked to the offensive coordinator and a bunch of people.”
At Notre Dame, Tatarunas had the opportunity to watch Pro Day then he shifted his attention to the current Fighting Irish team as it ran through a spring practice session.
“I got to catch practice after Pro Day,” he said. “It was awesome. It's fast-paced and they run a spread offense like I love to run. It was hard hitting and fast.”
Tatarunas liked everything he saw in South Bend.
“It's very historical and very cool to see,” he said. “Watching ‘Rudy,’ you get to see the original Play Like a Champion sign and we got to step on the field. When we got to step on the field you just get butterflies because there is so much history there and it was cool to be there.”
During the visit he talked to Irish offensive coordinator Mike Sanford and several others. The message he received from the Irish was consistent with what he has heard from other schools.
“He's a real cool guy,” Tatarunas said of Sanford. “He's young, fresh and easy to talk to. I really liked him. Pretty much every offensive coordinator and quarterback coach said they like my film but they want me to come back to their camp. They can't offer until they actually see me throw in person. They really want to see me in person.”
Tatarunas plans to camp at Michigan State and Rutgers in June. He’ll add a few more college camps as well.
He also expects to compete at The Opening Regional in Chicago and will visit Ohio State on April 15.
“They heard of all my visits and they were like, 'We've got to get this guy down here,’” he said of the Buckeyes. “They contacted me and told me I should hit them up.”
As a sophomore starter, Tatarunas completed 201-of-321 passes (62.3 percent) for 2,965 yards and 24 touchdowns.