Schmidt Discusses His Options

<p><b>Luke Schmidt </b>(6-3, 230 pounds) of Jasper high school (Ind.) visited Notre Dame on April 2 and received an offer from Irish head coach Charlie Weis and the Notre Dame staff. What did Schmidt think of his offer? What position is the staff recruiting Schmidt to play? Where would Schmidt like to play at the next level? </p>

While Schmidt didn't grow up a fan of any particular college football team, his grandmother rooted for the Irish when he was growing up, and he does have an uncle that graduated from Notre Dame.

"I have a lot of interest in Notre Dame," said Schmidt. "I don't really have a favorite right now, but I do like Notre Dame. I like the tradition, and obviously the academics are good."

Although Schmidt attended Notre Dame's football camp last summer, he didn't initially receive much recruiting attention from Notre Dame.

In February he decided to make a trip to South Bend for Notre Dame's first junior day. Once he had a chance to meet the new staff and they had a chance to see his film, his recruitment really picked up. Still, Luke wasn't certain if Notre Dame would be an option.

"When coach Weis gave me the offer I was a little surprised," said Schmidt. "I like him. He seems like a good guy, and he knows what he's doing will be successful.

"Coach Haywood said they would use me as a fullback, but mix in some tailback in short yardage situations."

As our conversation continued, I discovered that Luke has primarily played tailback throughout his football career. The natural question is whether he was determined to continue at that position at the next level or whether he is willing make a transition to another position, as the Notre Dame coaches are asking of him.

"Louisville and Indiana are recruiting me as a tailback, and Purdue and Iowa are recruiting me at tight end," said Schmidt. "I'd prefer to play tailback. It's what I've always done, but I'm willing to try something else to see how it goes.

"If it's fullback, I don't mind the blocking portion," he added.

Schmidt indicated that he was planning to take his time and review all his options. He currently has offers from Purdue, Indiana and Louisville besides Notre Dame. Iowa, Michigan and Northwestern haven't offered, but he is strongly considering those schools.

"I'd like to stay a little closer to home if I can, but whatever happens, happens," Schdmidt added.

Schmidt should have little difficulty in the classroom. He reported his g.p.a. at 3.75, with a 1,240 SAT.

Comments: Once the new coaching staff saw his film, it didn't take them long to offer Schmidt. He does have some solid early offers and will pick up more as the year moves on. Luke is certainly interested in Notre Dame, but he sounded determined to investigate all his options before deciding on a college. Schmidt is also the cousin of fellow Notre Dame linebacker recruit A.J. Edds of Greenwood, Ind.


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