The Irish took a big step last season in filling the gaps on the offensive line when they signed one of the top offensive line classes in the country. In past years with other staffs that might have given way to complacency, but with the new coaching staff that just means that they work harder to bring in players that are just as talented.
A player the Irish are keeping a close eye on is Miles Stroter (6-6, 330-pounds). Stroter was one of the top recruits on hand to watch the Notre Dame spring game.
"Yeah I was there, it was fun," Stroter said of his visit for the Notre Dame Blue-Gold football game. "I went over that morning. I met with coach Latina. He said he was looking forward to seeing me at camp June 3.
"The fans are amazing. That really stood out. They had 40,000 people there for their spring game. We had a lot of autographs to sign. I got to meet some of the West Coast guys. Then we walked into the stadium and signed more autographs. It felt great. I could get use to that."
Stroter is also getting use to Notre Dame. Miles as taken several unofficial visits to Notre Dame, and each one makes him feel at home."I always feel comfortable at Notre Dame," Stroter explained. "It's a very homey place. All the people there are so nice. I was with Martez Wilson and Robert Hughes, the Chicago Public School boys, and we were talking about how we could get use to all of that. I also met Josh Brent. Everyone was pretty cool.
Miles has offers from Illinois and Central Michigan, but he is receiving interest from all over the country.
"Notre Dame wants to see me how I move at camp, and they'll probably decide on an offer then. Coach Ianello said he'd be at my school sometime this week," Miles said. "USC was just in. Pete Carroll stopped by. Ron Zook always stops by my school. Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin… a bunch of schools have been through.