Kates Decides to Visit Notre Dame

Bishop McDevitt high school (Harrisburg, Pa.) standout defensive tackle Jason Kates is one of Notre Dame's top recruiting targets on the defensive side of the ball and he's liked what he has seen so far from the Irish in their wins over Pittsburgh and Michigan.

Charlie Weis promised fans and players alike that he'd bring a new attitude to Notre Dame football. He's done just that as the Irish are off to a great start to the 2005 football season. The quick start and new mentality hasn't been lost on recruits as one of the Irish's top defensive recruits Jason Kates (6-3, 320 pounds) has been impressed with the teams effort.

"I watched the Michigan and the Pitt game -- they look good, they looked real good," Kates said when asked if he had had a chance to watch Notre Dame." Their defense looked real good against Michigan.

"Coach Latina has the offensive line playing real well.

With both the high school and college football seasons moving into the third weekend in September, it often seems like recruiting takes a backseat. Nothing could be further from the truth as prospects start to schedule their official visits.

"No, not yet," Kates said when asked if he had decided which schools he was going to visit officially. "I'm going through that right now to figure which schools I want to go to.

"It seems like every weekend I want to go we got a game, so everybody is telling me the first week of December or the second week of December."

Jason is in the process of confirming a date to visit Notre Dame officially. With several big home games on the horizon, is there a chance Jason will make a trip to South Bend to see a game?

"I'm coming there this weekend," he said with excitement. "Yeah, I'm going to be there for the Michigan State game.

"I'm going to enjoy watching some good college football. There should be a lot of intensity up there because Notre Dame is 2-0. I hear there's nothing like a Notre Dame game, so I'm just trying to take it in."

Comment: Jason visited Notre Dame over the summer. He is visiting for the Michigan State game and he's going to schedule his official visit later in the year. It's nice to see that he's eager to visit Notre Dame. It seemed important to him to see a game so he could experience a football weekend atmosphere.

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