George Takacs arrived at Notre Dame last weekend with a plan.
While the Irish led for the 6-foot-7, 242-pound tight end from Naples, Fla., Takacs didn't plan to commit until he could take a few more visits. Notre Dame, including its current recruiting class that lost a key receiver on Wednesday, just wouldn't wait that long.
A successful two-day stop at Notre Dame changed those plans.
"Notre Dame was definitely my leader coming into this trip," Takacs said. "It was everything everyone said it would be. It was amazing. It was an awesome experience, especially hanging out with some of the guys, I got a really good feel for the school. I just knew it was the place I wanted to be so I committed."
Takacs got to spend time with several Notre Dame commits during his stay, including his future quarterback Phil Jurkovec.
"I got to hang out with some of the players and some of the guys there and of course, I got to talk to the coaches and got to talk some ball and I watched them work out," Takacs said. "I got a good feel for what it's like to be a student there at Notre Dame."
The Opening Finalist is thrilled to work with Chip Long, who will serve a large role in Takacs' college career as both his offensive coordinator and position coach.
"Since he offered me, I've had a great relationship with coach Long," Takacs. "I think he's a great guy. He's supposed to be an amazing football coach. I'm really excited to see what he does with the offense this year."
To get a jump on the stiff competition at his position, Takacs is set to enroll early next spring.
"I definitely want to get on campus as soon as possible and start competing," Takacs said.
Several Notre Dame commits came together to recruit Takacs. Through these efforts, Takacs has formed strong bonds with several future classmates.
"All the guys from this class that I've talked to have been great," Takacs said. "I'm really excited to get to know the rest of them. It's a super talented class. I think we're going to win a lot of football games."
In the end, too many stars aligned for Takacs to turn down an Irish offer.
"I was a Notre Dame fan growing up so that was huge," Takacs said. "It's just a really special place to be and be on campus. There really is no other place like it in the country and I really wanted to be a part of it."
The Irish have done a phenomenal job at recruiting the tight end position in recent years. Long will boast five former high school All-Americans this season. He'll add another next spring in Takacs.