Kuntz First In Line For In-home Visit

Indianapolis, IN defensive lineman Patrick Kuntz recently was offered by new Irish head coach Charlie Weis. Kuntz didn't have to wait long to hear from his position coach either as new Irish defensive line coach Jerome "Jappy" Oliver made his first visit with Kuntz. What did the 6-4, 255-pound Kuntz think of Oliver?

Irish defensive line coach Jerome "Jappy" Oliver made his first in-home visit on Sunday with Indianapolis defensive lineman Patrick Kuntz.

"It went real well," said Kuntz of his in-home visit with Oliver. "It was the first time I've ever talked to him, but he's a real nice guy. He seemed real down to earth. He's a player's coach and a good guy. He seemed like a coach I could play for, definitely."

Kuntz said meeting Oliver has helped him feel more comfortable with the Notre Dame coaching situation.

"I really like coach Weis a lot," said Kuntz. "But not knowing who your coach would be was kind of strange. Now that I've met him, I feel a lot better. It's all coming full circle now. I'm liking what they're doing there."

We asked Kuntz if Oliver told him where he'd be playing if he signed with the Irish.

"He said he wasn't sure on that because he hasn't really seen me play in person," Kuntz said. "He said it's hard to judge until you see a guy in person. He said he'd wait to do that and talk with coach Weis and see what he thinks.

"He did say that I reminded him of a David Pollack type of player. I think he meant that as intesity-wise so take that for what it's worth."

Kuntz is visiting Notre Dame this weekend and then should make his final decision shortly after his visit.

"I'm coming on the weekend of the 7th, next weekend," he said. "I'm really looking forward to meeting coach Weis and the rest of the coaches. I'll probably make my decision about a week after my visit."

Comments: The Irish appear to be in great shape with Kuntz heading into his final visit with Notre Dame. A strong visit could close the deal for the Irish. We'll check back with Kuntz after his official visit.

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