Wide receiver D.J. Hord made a lot of Irish fans happy today with the announcement that he'd be going to Notre Dame next fall.
"I always felt comfortable with those guys, and I saw that Notre Dame degree and I knew I could do something with that after football," said Hord on why he chose the Irish. "That was probably the main thing that made me go there."
The Irish appeared to be leading throughout so we asked D.J. if Notre Dame did lead the entire way.
"Yeah, it was," Hord said.
A big factor in Hord's decision was his parents. The 6-1, 190-pound speedster says his family is happy with his decision.
"They saw the academic side more than the football side, and they were happy with the decision," he said.
Also important in his decision was his official visit last weekend, and the chance to meet new Irish head coach Charlie Weis.
"Before the visit I didn't really know who the coaches were," Hord said. "After talking to coach Weis face-to-face, that was a big thing for me on the visit."
Hord also said he was excited to play in the new offense Weis will be bringing with him.
"I think it will do a lot for me because they're kind of lacking receivers right now," Hord said. "I think I can come in, everybody is starting all over since it's a new system. I think I can come in and make something happen."
Unfortunately for D.J., the West team quarterbacks couldn't find him in the Army game despite being open most of the day.
"It was very disappointing, but I'm happy I made it," Hord said of not catching a ball on the day. "I can't complain."