Notre Dame received a commitment from offensive guard prospect Andrew Nuss last week and the prospects of the Irish landing Emeka Nwankwo (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) improved this week as he named the Irish as one of his three finalists.
"To me, Notre Dame is one of the top programs in the country right now," Nwankwo explained when asked what attracted him to the Irish program. "Charlie Weis is one of the best offensive coaches I know. [I liked] the fact that they looked at me and thought I was good enough to be on their team. I didn't think Notre Dame was going to look at me.
"I'm trying to make a trip to Notre Dame some time in August, because the coaches are on vacation the whole month of July. I plan on making my decision after my trip to Notre Dame."
When Emeka does sit down to make his decision, the Irish will be competing with Virginia and Florida State.
"Virginia has been showing me love since the beginning and they've had me as one of their top prospects," Nwankwo said of the Cavaliers. "I like a lot of the players that have come out of the school. They have a good head coach and I'll be able to play early.
"Two of my top two teams have NFL coaches; Al Groh and then you have Charlie Weis. They've been there and they have NFL connections for after college.
"Bobby Bowden and his knowledge of the game," explained Nwankwo of his attraction to the Florida State program. "He's the all-time winningest coach. I didn't think they'd be interested in me, but all the coaches came to one of my practices. I think I'd feel comfortable there with coach Bowden and I think I'd be able to play early."
"I'm going to take a visit this month to Virginia. Then I'll probably take another visit to Florida State, if I have time. Then I'll decide in August where I want to go," he added.