Matt Romine (6-foot-7, 275 pounds) knew what to expect from Notre Dame before he left Tulsa for his official visit. He had been to Notre Dame five times in the past, and this trip went as well as the others.
"Everything went well," Romine responded when asked about his visit to Notre Dame. "I feel real comfortable there. The players, coaches, the size of the campus, it's everything.
"Friday night we went to the pep rally and went to eat and then went out. We really didn't do too much. We just kind of hung out at the dorm. [My host was] Dan Wenger. Dan's a cool guy."
After a quiet Friday night Romine and the other recruits witnessed one of the most dramatic Irish victories, as Brady Quinn led the Irish to a game-winning touchdown in the games final seconds.
"It was awesome," Romine said of Notre Dame's 20-17 win over UCLA. "In the fourth quarter, when the offense wasn't doing much I was worried that it wouldn't be such a good night. After they got the ball back that last time and completed the first pass, I thought they might have a chance. It was the loudest I've ever heard a stadium and I've been to a number of them. It was pretty awesome."
After the game Romine had a chance to hang out with Quinn, Chinedum Ndukwe and other Notre Dame players. It was that experience that produced the biggest surprise of the weekend for Matt.
"[I was surprised by] how cool some of their big-time players are… how down to earth they are," Romine explained. "The older guys were all cool. They don't really treat the young guys like freshmen. They get along really well. Besides that it was pretty much what I had expected. I've seen it all now.
"I'm going to go to Oklahoma now and see how I feel there and then go from there. I still plan on taking all of my visits."