Schmidt Enjoys Spring Game

Luke Schmidt made his third trip of the year to South Bend for the Notre Dame spring football game this past Saturday. Irish Eyes spoke with the talented prospect to get his impression of the Charlie Weis-coached Fighting Irish and his most recent trip to South Bend.

At 6-3 230 pounds, Luke Schmidt is a recruiting prospect that could play a number of positions. Coaches from different schools from around the country have talked to him about playing tight end or linebacker, but Schmidt has a desire to stay in the offensive backfield. It would be even better if he could play in an offense that would allow him to get some carries throughout his career.

"I got a chance to talk to coach Weis for about an hour," explained Schmidt. "It was my dad and my uncle. My uncle (a Notre Dame graduate) was pretty excited to get the chance to meet coach Weis.

"We talked about everything. We talked about the team and going to school there. We talked about everything Notre Dame had to offer, and once you graduated that you'd be set for life with the degree.

"We pretty much did the same thing that we had done on my other visits, although we didn't take a tour or anything because we didn't have time."

The Notre Dame coaches have told Schmidt that they're recruiting him to play both fullback and tailback. Luke got a very good idea of how Charlie Weis would use his talents watching Irish fullback Rashon Powers-Neal carry the ball in the spring game.

Powers-Neal rushed seven times for 51 yards out of the one back set--pretty good solid numbers, and enough to make Schmidt take notice.

"Yeah, I did notice," responded Schmidt when asked about Powers-Neal's performance. "It made me confident that they'd use me like they said they wanted to."

Schmidt also recently received an offer from Oklahoma that he was pretty excited about.

"I really didn't expect it because they hadn't been recruiting me," he explained. "They called up my coach and said that they were sending me an offer."

Comment: The Oklahoma offer is a sign that the competition will increase for Schmidt's signature as recruiting continues. Don't expect a decision in the next couple months from him. He wants a chance to speak to some of the coaches more once the May recruiting period begins. Nonetheless he really liked the conversation he had with coach Weis and it's obviously a very good sign that he was back at Notre Dame for a third visit. Top Stories