Irish Commits Enjoy Great Weekend in South Bend

A number of current Irish commitments also took their official visits to Notre Dame over the weekend. We spoke to a number of the committed players to get their reactions to the new coaching staff, and how the visit weekend went.

Miamisburgh, Ohio defensive back David Bruton loved his Notre Dame visit.

"I slept the whole way home," Bruton said. "I had a great time there. I just loved it."

We asked Bruton what his favorite thing was about the visit.

"I got to go into the locker room and I tried on a jersey and it was No. 4," Bruton said. "I liked that jersey, and I like that number. I didn't want to take it off."

Bruton said he had a great time on his visit hanging out with the players. "I hung out with Kevin (Washington) a lot," Bruton said. "He's my boy. When we get together it's crazy. Junior Jabbie was my host. Junior is a lot like me. He likes to joke around a lot and I liked that."

We asked Bruton if he asked the current players what they thought about the new coaching staff.

"Yeah, they all seemed really excited," Bruton said. "I was talking to Junior (Jabbie), Tregg (Duerson)--that was (Ray) Herring's host and Herring, and I was telling them about the coverages they plan to run. They told me that if they had a lock-down corner that they'd leave him on an island. If they didn't have guys who could play man, they'd have to play more zone, but they wanted to be real aggressive on defense and we all liked hearing that."

We asked Bruton if Washington reconfirmed his commitment this weekend.

"He was coming all along," Bruton said of Washington. "He was like me. He just wanted to meet the coaches, but he took a trip to another school just in case. He's solid with Notre Dame."

Marshall, Mich. quarterback Evan Sharpley also drove down for the weekend for an unofficial visit to help with the recruiting effort. Sharpley said he couldn't resist the chance to meet coach Weis.

"I had a great time," Sharpley said of his unofficial visit. "I got to meet coach Weis and hang out with a bunch of the players and recruits.

"We went bowling on Friday night. I didn't get in until late so we just kind of hung around and talked to everyone. We went to the basketball game on Saturday and then I left."

Sharpley said he was definitely impressed with coach Weis.

"I really liked him a lot," Sharpley said of Weis. "He's a really down-to-earth guy. He's a bottom line guy, and I believe him. He told me he's telling these guys either they want to come here or they don't, and they need to get on board. I think he'll do a great job in recruiting."

He also spent some time with new quarterback coach David Cutcliffe.

"We talked for awhile," he said. "I'm going to enjoy playing for him. We talked during the basketball game and had lunch."

We asked Sharpley when he's planning on taking his official visit.

"Probably either next weekend or the weekend after that. I haven't decided on that yet," Sharpley said.

Detriot, Mich. native David Grimes also came on his official visit this weekend.

"The visit went well," Grimes said. "I talked to coach Ianello. He's pretty cool. He just said he's learning just like I am about Notre Dame. He did say that if I'm better than the next guy that I'll definitely get to play."

The 5-10, 165-pound Grimes also was able to talk to coach Weis.

"That went real well," Grimes said. "He was basically saying the same things. He told me he's a really family oriented guy, and that the reason I'm here is because he wants me and needs me."

Grimes was hosted by Corey Mays, but was only able to spend a day at Notre Dame.

"I wasn't there on Friday because of my game," he said. "I did have a good time. Corey Mays was pretty cool."

Grimes had said he wanted to meet the coaching staff, and now that he has, we asked if he planned on taking any more visits.

"I don't know," he said. "I don't think so. I'll have to talk to my coach about that. I don't know if I will or not."

He had been interested in taking a visit to Illinois. We asked if he had scheduled a visit there.

"I'm not sure that was scheduled," he said. "It was going to be later in the month. I don't know if I'll take any more visits."

Would Grimes considering himself a firm commitment to Notre Dame at this point?

"I'm pretty sure of my decision," Grimes said.

Sugarland, Texas linebacker Kevin Washington also reconfirmed his commitment to Notre Dame over the weekend.

"The visit went great," Washington said. "I enjoyed everything about it. I got to meet coach Minter and coach Weis, and they know exactly what they want to do and how to get there.

"It feels great knowing I'm going to Notre Dame again. I was kind of skeptical when the first announced coach Weis because I didn't know what to expect, but I got on the campus again, and I got that feeling again right away. You know that feeling? I got it right away, and I knew Notre Dame was going to be the place."

Washington's host was Brandon Hoyte and the 6-1, 210-pound linebacker said he enjoyed hanging out with Hoyte.

"He's a great guy," Washington said of Hoyte. "We all kind of hung out together--Asaph (Schwapp), (David) Bruton, (Ray) Herring and I. (David) Grimes came later and we all kind of hung out as a group. Everyone was really cool with each other."

Washington also was impressed with his new position coach Rick Minter.

"He's a straight forward guy," Washington said of Minter. "We talked some Xs and Os, and you can tell he knows what he's talking about.

"He told me that he knew me probably more than any of the other linebackers at this point, and that I'd have a chance to make an impression. He said everyone would have the same opportunity because he doesn't know about about the other linebackers either at this point. I liked him a lot. He's a serious guy, but you can tell you can joke around with him a bit as well."


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