Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis would be hard pressed to land a recruit beyond Gerald McCoy that could have more of an immediate impact on his program. Notre Dame is thin along the defensive line and does not have a true pass rusher amongst its starters. McCoy would help fill both voids quickly if he signed with the Irish this upcoming Feb. 1.
Despite being double and sometimes triple-teamed, McCoy claims 15 sacks so far this season. That is incredible for a defensive tackle.
McCoy made the trip to South Bend this past weekend along with 13 additional official visitors. The trip grabbed his attention.
"I loved it down there!," McCoy said excitedly. "Everybody knew who I was. That means I'd have good fan support. The people were just so nice. Even the people who didn't know who I was were nice."
"It was better than I thought it was going to be," McCoy continued. "Just everything about the visit was good. It was just cool."
McCoy was impressed with the overall planning the Notre Dame coaching had laid out for his official visit, much the same way Toryan Smith was. One part of the official visit truly stuck out to McCoy took place during his tour of the Notre Dame campus.
"I would say the locker room," McCoy said of his favorite part of the campus. "It was real nice. That new facility (The Gugliemino Athletic Center), all of it was nice. They gave a tour of the whole thing."
Maurice Crum, Jr. was McCoy's host. "Maurice Crum, he's a real cool dude," McCoy said. "Even after the loss he took me around and showed me everything."
The most important part of any official visit is the meeting with the head coach. McCoy appears to be comfortable with the Irish head coach.
"Coach Weis is a straight up average dude. He's all about family; he tells it like it is," McCoy said.
Notre Dame defensive line coach Jappy Oliver also had the opportunity to spend some time with McCoy. Coach Oliver talked about McCoy's opportunities to play early.
"He said I had the potential to come in and make an impact," McCoy said of his opportunity for early playing time. "He said I could help with the pass rush."
McCoy has an outgoing personality. He is the type of young man who can fit in any place he goes. He did just that while at the game.
"I hung out with everybody," McCoy answered when asked which recruits he hung out with. "Darrin Walls, he was cool. Kind of quiet, but when he spoke he was cool."
McCoy rated his official visit to Notre Dame a nine. He still plans to take his other four remaining official visits. Southern California (Nov. 4), Virginia Tech (Nov. 26), Tennessee (Dec. 10) and Miami (date to be determined) are the lucky four.
"I'll probably take a couple of unofficial visits in January," McCoy added about his future recruiting plans.
McCoy wants to go into child development after his football career is complete. If he decides to attend Notre Dame he would go into the psychology department. "They were real cool," McCoy said of the administrators he met from the psychology department. "They told me there are several different areas of psychology I could major in."