"It went well," Jason Kates replied when asked about his recent trip to the South Bend campus. "I was there Wednesday and Thursday with my coach. We did everything, everything you could think of. I met everybody from academic to football. I met Brady Quinn, Vic (Abiamiri) and Ryan Harris. I was mostly with Vic though; he's a good guy.
"I met the strength coach (Mendoza), he's a big guy" Kates continued. "I was with him for a while, he showed me their lifting program and all that. I saw people working out -- it looked pretty intense. It's like what we do at my school, but at a college level. I got a tour of the new weight room and everything. They're just finishing up right now, it should be done in August.
"It (the Notre Dame campus) wasn't that big, but it was beautiful.
It is always beneficial for a prospect to visit the campus on an unofficial visit. Did Kates recent visit get him any closer to making a decision?
"I want to make an early decision, but I don't know," Kates said. "I said I want to make it before my season, but I'll probably make it on signing day like everybody else.
"They're (Notre Dame) one of my top three," Kates said. "When I take my official visits, they'll get one of them. I don't know any of the others; I just know Notre Dame will be there.
Comments: Kates sounded like he enjoyed his visit to Notre Dame, although he doesn't divulge much. It is a very good sign that he made a trip specifically to visit Notre Dame. He stays in close contact with the Irish coaching staff and appears to like Notre Dame quite a bit. That being said, he admitted that when he came back from Penn State, he had a lot of good things to say about their program.