Brandon Venson (6-3, 195 pounds) isn't a name that is being tossed around by many Notre Dame fans, but the Irish coaching staff has been keeping in touch with the standout athlete from Chicago.
"Recruiting has picked up a lot. I've been hearing from Notre Dame a lot," Venson said when asked if Notre Dame was recruiting him. They always send letters and stuff. I went up for the junior day. I talked to all the coaches. Coach Ianello has my number so he text messages me. So I get a lot of stuff from Notre Dame.
"It was a good experience," Venson said of the Notre Dame junior day. "I got to meet a lot of people from all over the place, so I enjoyed myself. I walked around Notre Dame and saw the school. That's the first time I've been to Notre Dame and seen it up close. I enjoyed myself. It was nice.
"I talked to Charlie Weis about the program, I really enjoyed what I heard and saw there. He's a cool guy and down to earth -- he's real fun. When I see him on TV he's totally different. On game day he's one way and when you talk to him he's a totally different guy. He's cracking jokes with me and he gave me good advice about recruiting."
Venson doesn't have any offers at this time, but some top programs in the country are recruiting him.
"Recruiting is really picking up," Venson explained. "I've gotten a ton of letters from schools and a ton of interest. I'm hearing from Michigan State, Northwestern, LSU, Florida, and Virginia Tech -- so it's picked up a lot.
"After the junior day they're (Notre Dame) my top choice now," he said.