Trattou Talks Irish Offer

Oddly, for the second straight year, Notre Dame won't sign one player from the state of New Jersey on Wednesday. That trend is something the Notre Dame staff hopes to change in 2007. Justin Trattou of Don Bosco high school (Ramsey, N.J.) visited Notre Dame for the January 14 junior day and Trattou walked away with one of the few scholarship offers Notre Dame has issued for 2007.

It's strange that none of the 27 football players that sign with Notre Dame tomorrow are be from New Jersey for two reasons. First, Notre Dame generally recruits the state very well. Secondly, the head coach at Notre Dame is from New Jersey.

"I knew he was a really good NFL coach," Justin Trattou answered when asked what he had known of Charlie Weis prior to visiting Notre Dame. "He has to be a really good coach if he's won that many Super Bowls."

A couple weeks ago Trattou (6-4. 235 pounds) made his first visit to Notre Dame of the January 14 junior day.

"It was only like 25 guys. I thought there were going to be a lot more guys than there were. There were guys from all over the place. Trattou said of his visit to Notre Dame. "It was my first trip to South Bend. I thought the school was really impressive. It was more than I expected. I've never seen facilities like they had in my whole life. The whole coaching staff and Charlie Weis were great.

Notre Dame made a strong first impression on Trattou, and likewise, the Notre Dame staff was impressed with him.

"During one part of the junior day we broke off by position, and the recruiting coordinator came up to me and asked me to come up to his (Weis) office, and when I got up there, there was a scholarship offer on the desk for me.

"I was shocked at first. I was really excited. It definitely felt good to get an offer from Notre Dame. I wasn't expecting that, but since they invited me there they had to have some interest."

Justin and his father had a chance to speak with coach Weis one-on-one. Justin was impressed with Weis' and the coaches plan for the Irish program.

"His goal is to win a national championship," Trattou responded when asked what Weis' vision for Notre Dame was.

In addition to the offer by Charlie Weis and staff, Justin has offers from Boston College, Louisville, and Rutgers. North Carolina and Duke have notified Trattou's coach that they have sent offers. Beside the schools that have offered him Justin favors Virginia, Florida, Michigan and PSU.

Last season Justin recorded 90 tackles, four sacks, and he blocked one punt. Top Stories