Andrew Nuss (6-foot-5, 285-pounds) has the mentality that football coaches can't measure, but they know a kid has it when they see it. Nuss is a "do what it takes" type of player – a team guy. That attitude combined with his athletic ability earned him a scholarship offer from Charlie Weis.
"Yes I did," Nuss replied when asked if he had been offered a scholarship by the Notre Dame staff. "I went to their one-day camp and they really liked me a lot. They got my new film, they checked my academics and then I got a text message from them when I was eating breakfast. I called coach Weis and he said that I he was going to offer me a scholarship.
"I was pretty awestruck. I was wondering if they were going to offer or if they weren't. I'm still on cloud nine. I couldn't believe it."
Nuss made his first trip to Notre Dame for the football camp and he came away impressed.
"The campus was really amazing," described Nuss. "It was really beautiful with all the architecture, the trees, the layout – everything. The community surrounding the school thrives around the school so that's cool.
"My parents think it's a great school academically. I'm going back Wednesday with my mom and dad. I just want to see and get to know the coaches and the players more. That's who you're going to hang out with pretty much the entire time you're there. I'm looking for that strong bond with those guys and a group of guys that get together as a team. It's going to be fun."
Despite his excitement over the Notre Dame offer, Nuss still has a difficult decision ahead of him.
"My favorites in no particular order are, Notre Dame, Boston College, Georgia, Maryland and Virginia," Nuss said when asked about his favorite schools. "I've been to all the schools in my top-five, so it's going to be a hard decision.
"Georgia; I like Coach Richt and his coaching staff. Coach Richt is really even keeled and really has his head on straight. He's a great guy. I was down there for their elite junior day (camp) June 16, or 17. That was my second trip down to Georgia. My first trip was during spring break and that was in April. It's SEC football, big-time football. You play a lot of great teams.
"Virginia is actually doing a pretty good job recruiting all the top guys in our area," Nuss said of the Cavalier coaching staff. "It's close to home. Coach Groh is a very good coach. He runs an NFL system. IT's a good program and it has great coaches.
"Maryland is a family program because both my mom and my dad went to Maryland. I liked them a lot in basketball. I remember in coach Friedgen's first year that he took them to the Orange Bowl.
"I just came back from Boston College," he continued. "It was a really nice time. I went down for a camp. It's basically O-line University. They've produced a ton of offensive linemen the last few years. Their offensive line is a very tight group. It's a great education."