Sophomore quarterback Hank Bachmeier threw for 326 yards and three touchdowns in a 42-0 win over Chaparral on Friday night, then hopped a flight to South Bend to catch Notre Dame’s primetime showdown with Stanford.
The hectic weekend was well worth it for the 6-foot-2, 195-pound four-star prospect from Murrieta, Calif.
“I loved it,” Bachmeier said. “The whole experience was amazing. Notre Dame just had this special vibe that I really liked.”
Bachmeier has visited several other schools, including the local Southern California programs, and he saw a lot of differences between the Irish and the others. He already holds an offer from Colorado.
“It was a lot different than the game atmospheres on the West Coast,” he said. “The fan base at ND is a culture. The crowd atmosphere was just bigger. It was a bummer they lost but the game and experience was unbelievable.
“I can see myself fitting pretty well in (the offense).”
Bachmeier spoke with quarterbacks coach Mike Sanford.
“He was excited to start the process with me and we just talked about my season and how everything was going,” Bachmeier said. “They've seen my film previously but they want to see me throw in person maybe.”
That could happen next summer as Bachmeier considers a return to South Bend for the Irish Invasion.
Through seven games of his sophomore season, Bachmeier has completed 124-of-165 passes for 2,038 yards and has thrown 22 touchdowns to just three interceptions. He also has rushed for 349 yards and two scores on 48 carries out of the Nighthawks’ four-wide spread offense.
“It’s going great,” he said of the season. “I think we have a great shot competing for a ring this year.”
Murrieta Valley is 5-2 on the year.