Generally Butch Lewis is a man amongst boys, but when the Irish hosted most of it's top recruiting targets the past weekend, he was with some of the top high school football players in the country.
"Oh yes, most definitely, It reminds me of my high school, because we're a Jesuit school." Lewis replied when asked if he enjoyed his visit to Notre Dame. "It was the best campus I've seen. I really liked it, it was a great place; the school, the students, the players were all good people, the coaches – everything.
"The defensive lineman, Brian Beidatsch, was my host. I hung out with the recruits and some of the Notre Dame players.
Notre Dame lost to the Trojans, but the team appeared to gain the respect of the college football world. Their head man is a demanding, some say arrogant, but thus far Charlie Weis has proven to be a delight to Notre Dame fans. Is Weis' the type of coach Lewis would enjoy playing for?
"Oh yeah, most definitely," Lewis replied."I like the fact that he's really confident. He's really positive about what he has to do, that's really something that struck me. Also the fact that he shoots straight and tells me the truth, that's really important."
USC (12/3), Georgia, Miami (11/26), Nebraska, and LSU are the programs Notre Dame is battling for Lewis. Notre Dame is running low on the number of scholarships that they have remaining to offer, and Lewis did discuss this topic with Weis before he left camps.
"We have an agreement that I'll take my visits and then probably make my decision after that. He said they would stay in touch with me and let me know what is happening, so hopefully they will (have a scholarship available)." Lewis explained of his conversation with Charlie Weis.
Notre Dame would have spots available if a recruit was planning on graduating early. Is that a possibility for Lewis?
"I couldn't because I go to a private school, but I most definitely would have liked to," he replied.