Irish fans impress Sturdivant

Scout.com's No. 19 ranked offensive lineman Trinton Sturdivant of Anson high school (Wadesboro, NC) turned up as a surprise visitor at Notre Dame Stadium for the Michigan game. Sturdivant didn't know what to expect from his visit, but he came away impressed by the Irish student body.

Trinton Sturdivant (6-foot-5, 285 pounds) is still committed to the University of Georgia, but Notre Dame intrigued him. It intrigued him so much that he decided to take an official visit to Notre Dame this past weekend.

"I'm interested in Notre Dame because of the academics and the athletics," Sturdivant replied when asked about his interest in Notre Dame. "I've been hearing so much about Notre Dame so I really wanted to see what Notre Dame was about.

"I talked to Jimmy [Clausen], Gary Gray and Greg Little. They're great people as well as great players. I hope they succeed wherever they go. Chris Stewart was my host. I also got to hang out with the freshmen. I hung out with James Aldridge and George West, I really liked them, they're really down to earth people."

Sturdivant liked the recruits and the players quite a bit, but it was the Notre Dame student body that made the lasting impression.

"Man they were wild," Sturdivant said of the Irish fans. "They were the best group of fans I've ever seen in my life. I haven't seen many but that was phenomenal. I really love those fans. That's the one thing that stood out more than anything."

The Irish coaching staff also made a strong impression on Sturdivant.

"I really like coach Latina," Trinton said of the Notre Dame offensive line coach. "I talked to a couple different players about him. Chris Stewart said coach Latina was very outgoing and a good coach. That was a big plus.

"I really, really like the weight lifting coach, coach Mendoza. He has a lot of the same philosophies as my high school coach and I think my high school coach is doing a very, very good job in preparing me.

"Coach Weis impressed me," he said. "He told me that he tries to do what is best for his players. After the loss, he was going to take the blame before he blamed it on his players., so that was a plus.

"I really liked coach Lewis as well. He recruited my brother when he was at east Carolina. I think I talked to him longer than any other coach other than coach Weis. He's a friendly outgoing type of coach. I like him.


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