Three-star junior tight end Jack Cravaack first visited Notre Dame last summer when he attended the Irish Invasion camp.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder from Cincinnati, Ohio will return to South Bend on Saturday, Oct. 15 for the home game against Stanford.
“I went to the Irish Invasion last summer and coach Mike Elston has been messaging me every week info on the program and they've invited me to a game,” Cravaack said. “I will be going to the Stanford game.”
Notre Dame’s staff has remained in contact since summer.
“They didn't tell me very much info after the Invasion about what they thought about me, they just said to stay in touch,” he said. “(It’s) mostly just information about the program and how they could help me become the best player and person possible.”
At camp, Cravaack spent time working with Irish tight ends coach Scott Booker.
“He seemed like a great guy,” Cravaack said. “I hope I get the chance to talk more with him down the road of where he sees me in the system.”
Cravaack, who said he ran a 4.81 in the 40-yard dash at the Ohio State summer camp, holds scholarship offers from Wake Forest, Central Michigan and Toledo. He’s also hearing from Ohio State, Michigan State, Penn State and Northwestern. He’s already visited all four of those Big 10 programs.
“I loved them all,” he said. “Northwestern explained to me how they take recruiting very slow and I could definitely feel the family atmosphere. Penn State was one of the best colleges I've seen with incredible facilities, college town and fans. I visited Michigan State for a game and the atmosphere was crazy.”
Through six games, Cravaack has 127 receiving yards and one touchdown. He also has recorded five sacks on defense.
“Our season is going well,” he said. “We're 5-1 and I think I'm doing a good job of helping our team in any way they need me. Unfortunately, we lost our starting QB before our first game so we've become a mostly run first team, but I have become a large factor in our running game and we are leading the league in rushing. When the ball comes my way, I think I'm doing a good job of making the play. As a tight end, I'm very balanced. I can block and I can run routes and make plays. I've always been a wide receiver until the last few years, so I'm very comfortable as a receiving tight end, but I also can get after it when I block. Whatever the team needs me to do, I will.”