Schmidt Returns From Another Visit to South Bend

Jasper, Ind. running back Luke Schmidt has taken a number of unofficial visits to Notre Dame these past few months, and the 6-3, 230-pound athlete recently spent another afternoon in South Bend. We spoke with Schmidt on Sunday to get his thoughts on his most recent unofficial visit to Notre Dame.

"It went pretty good," said Luke Schmidt said of his recent unofficial visit. "We got to speak to some of the academic people up there. I got to talk with some of the coaches that were still around and not out on the road. We also got to eat in the dining hall and got to talk to some people in the dorms. I just wanted to get a feel for the place."

Schmidt has been to ND a number of times recently. We asked him if the Irish were high on his list.

"Yeah, I'd say Notre Dame, Purde and Michigan are my leaders right now," Schmidt said.

Schmidt had an outstanding junior season where he rushed for 2,560 yards and 41 touchdowns, but with his size, is he being recruited as a halfback or a full back for the Irish?

"They've talked to me about being a big back," Schmidt said of the Irish coaching staff. "Kind of a fullback-combo back type of back."

Schmidt has been to Notre Dame numerous times and we asked if he might be trying to make a decision soon?

"I don't think I'm ready to do that just yet," he said. "I'll take a few more weeks to decide what I want to do."

Schmidt did say he'd likely take some more unofficial visits before deciding.

"I'll probably go to Purdue and Michigan like I did Notre Dame--just take a look around campus and get to meet some people," Schmidt explained.

The Jasper, Ind. native did say he's developing a very good relationship with the Notre Dame staff.

"I know them pretty well," he said. "I've talked to them a bunch of times. Each time it seems to get better and better. I really feel comfortable talking with them."

Comments: Luke said he went on his visit with both of his parents and his sister last Friday. He said his decision will likely come in the summer if not sooner. Notre Dame appears to be in good shape with this top prospect.


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