Junior Day Focus--Chris Arthurs

Wheaton, Ill. (South) produced two stellar division one prospects in Dace Richardson and Tony Moeaki last year. Despite both players signing with Iowa last year, Notre Dame is keeping a close eye on this years Wheaton South star, Chris Arthurs. Arthurs attended Notre Dame's junior day this last weekend and came away extremely impressed.

"Yes, I did," said Chris Arthurs in response to whether he had the opportunity to visit Notre Dame over the weekend. "I came away really impressed. The coaches are awesome and the place is awesome. The program was just a great thing.

"I went with mom, dad and brother. They came away really impressed, too. They liked it a lot."

The standout defensive tackle engaged in an assortment of activities while on the Notre Dame campus and thoroughly enjoyed the speeches of both Coach Weis and father Malloy.

"We watched the highlight tape from last season, talked to coach Weis, talked to position coaches, ate at a luncheon, and then watched a basketball game," said Arthurs in response to what he did on his junior day. "It was a lot of fun.

"The coaches didn't talk to us one-on-one. Rather, they spoke to us in a big group and then we broke-up and spoke to our position coaches. The coaches talked about how it is really early in the recruiting process, and how this is the first step, getting to know each other.

"The best part of the visit was probably the speech by coach Weis and the speech by father Malloy."

Although Arthurs didn't receive a scholarship offer on his visit, he is hopeful that Notre Dame will offer in the future.

"No, they didn't offer me a scholarship, but hopefully soon," he said. "I have no offers yet, but most of the big ten is recruiting me and of course Notre Dame."

The visit definitely helped Notre Dame's chances of signing him. After visiting numerous campus over the course of the last three weeks, Arthurs now has Notre Dame high on his list

"Right now Notre Dame, Purdue, and Michigan are showing the most interest in me," Arthurs said. "Each school is recruiting me at the defensive tackle position. Notre Dame definitely bumped up. It was a really great day. I liked everything about the visit."

"I just finished my large three-week circuit of junior days," said Arthurs in response to whether or not he will attend any more junior days. "I might go to Illinois next weekend, but I'm not sure of that. I went to junior days at Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern, Michigan, and Purdue."

Arthurs doesn't have a timeline of when he'll make a decision.

"I really don't have a timeline. I'll make a decision when I feel it is the right time for me.

"I'm going to the Nike camp. As for one-day camps, I'll probably go to the schools that show the most interest at that time."

Carrying a 4.1 g.p.a. on a 5.0 scale, Arthurs takes academics seriously.

"Definitely, academics are going to be a huge part in my decision," said Arthurs when asked what he's looking for in a school. "Then I would say how comfortable I am around coaches and then playing time. The schools that have the best academics that are recruiting me are Notre Dame, Michigan, and Northwestern."

Although he already has an established comfort level with the coaching staffs of two other schools, his visit to Notre Dame increased his interest in Notre Dame and his feelings of comfort with the Notre Dame coaching staff.

"The coaches I feel the most comfortable with right now are Michigan and Iowa. I've known the coaches from these schools since last year because of Tony Moeaki and Dace Richardson. But I definitely felt really comfortable with coach Weis and the other coaches at Notre Dame."

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