6-3, 290-pound offensive center/guard prospect Rafael Eubanks has been on the Irish radar since the beginning. The talented Scout.com four-star prospect is committed to Iowa, but recently told Irish Eyes that he'll be visiting Notre Dame this weekend.
"We are going to take a visit to Notre Dame this weekend," said Eubanks on Monday night. "We're going to drive down there on Friday night. We wanted to go down there when coach Weis was there, and this will be the weekend that he's there."
We asked Eubanks if he's still committed to Iowa at this point, and why he's taking the Notre Dame visit.
"I am committed to Iowa," Eubanks said. "I really like it at Iowa. I like the coaches. I like everything about it. But I chose Iowa not knowing what the situation was going to be at Notre Dame. We didn't know who the coach was going to be and who the offensive line coach was going to be. Coach Weis is bringing in a great staff and I think they're going to win there.
"Notre Dame was the other school I was strongly considering so I wanted to make sure that I did at least check it out there. This way if I do end up going to Iowa, I know that Iowa is the place I really wanted to go. I'm pretty sure I'll end up at Iowa in the end, but I feel I have to at least go see Notre Dame."
Eubanks will also have a visit tonight with new Irish offensive line coach John Latina.
"I have coach Latina and coach Gonzales coming tomorrow," Eubanks said. "I haven't spoken with coach Latina yet. I keep missing his calls. I'm looking forward to meeting him."
Eubanks will also have a familiar face showing him around this weekend.
Ryan Harris is coming back early to be my host," said Eubanks. "I've talked to him a few times since he's been home. I'm happy he's coming back to do that."
Comments: Before Irish fans get too excited, Eubanks is still committed to Iowa and I do believe he feels strongly about Iowa. He said he just wants to make sure Iowa is the place for him with this visit. Anything can change, and Notre Dame has always been high on his list, but we feel the Irish will have a lot of ground to make up before Eubanks would change his mind.