Sanchez to Make Midwest Trip

Irish Eyes spoke with the father of Mission Viejo, Calif. quarterback Mark Sanchez to get the latest scoop with the 6-4, 210-pound signal caller. Nick Sanchez (father of Mark) spent a good amount of time updating us on the future plans of Sanchez. Sanchez will be making a Midwest trip starting this weekend. Which schools will he be visiting? Is Sanchez interested in Notre Dame? We found out.

Nick Sanchez gave us all the latest scoop on his son, Mark Sanchez. "I think he has 29 or 30 offers now," said Nick Sanchez. "He has offers from schools all across the country."

One school that hasn't offered is Notre Dame. "They haven't offered yet--they are one of the few that hasn't," said Nick. "It's my understanding that their protocol is to have the youngsters on campus to get to know them better before offering. We are going to go out there at the end of the week. We'll be there Friday and Saturday and leave Sunday."

Nick said they also plan to visit Ohio State this summer as well. We are not clear if they will also visit Ohio State on this trip.

A lot of fans have speculated that Sanchez is a lock for local school, USC. We asked Nick about these rumors. "Mark is very, very open at this point," said Nick. "We've heard those rumors as well and they are kind of odd and just speculation. He really doesn't have any leaders. USC is very close so it's easy to communicate with them. But, Mark is very, very open and not leaning towards anyone."

We asked Nick if Mark planned on making an early decision. "I really don't know," he said. "We're a very close family so we are looking for the best place for Mark to go. That could be a long way away or right here, we don't know. I really can't answer that for Mark. We're going to take a look at some schools and see what happens. He might make an early decision, but I really can't say right now."

Comments: We appreciated Nick taking the time with us. Mark was studying and unavailable so I asked Nick to update us. I think the Irish have a shot at Mark, but I'm not sure how much of a chance they have. They will get a visit from Mark and they are one of the few that haven't offered, so one would think that Mark has a strong interest in Notre Dame. To be honest, I really don't think Mark is leaning heavily towards any particular school after speaking with Nick Sanchez. We'll certainly follow up after this weekend. Top Stories