This weekend Lane Clelland (6-foot-5, 265 pounds) will be making a trip to Notre Dame to get a feel for the football program. Besides his two brothers, Lane is bringing a friend that went through this process with Notre Dame several years ago.
"I'm leaving Thursday night. We're going to Michigan first, and then we're heading to Notre Dame," Clelland said of his travel plans. "Before we go to Notre Dame, we're actually going to swing by and pick up Zak Kustok in Chicago. He played at Notre Dame for a year and then transferred to Northwestern, so he played with my brother.
"Coach Powlus is my area recruiter and he was a fifth year senior when Zak was a freshman. I mentioned Zak's name to coach Powlus, and he just started laughing. He said he remember him as a baby-faced freshman. Zak has told me about all the tradition and the campus, but I've got to experience it for myself. I just asked him how things were out there and he said it was great and the tradition was great.
"My brother has a bunch of friends out there like Zak from college," Clelland said. "I've never been out [to Notre Dame], so there was no better time to go than now. We thought it would be a fun trip. After spring break I'm pretty busy. I play three sports, so it's kind of hard to get the time to do all this stuff.
"I really want to see the campuses. I want to see the practices, because that's what I'll be doing when I'm there. I want to see the team in action. You go there for gameday, but you're going to be doing a lot of practicing. I want to see a little bit to get a taste of it."
Notre Dame has commitments from Michael Golic, Jr. and Braxston Cave, two interior linemen. Although Notre Dame has Clelland ranked as one of the top linemen in the country, they aren't certain which offensive line position that he'll end up playing in college.
"I've talked to coach Latina and he said that he thought that I could play almost anywhere along the line," Lane explained. "He said that they'll just have to wait until I get out there and they'll evaluate things further. He basically said, ‘Come out and show what you got.'
"I like to play on the edge, right or left tackle, but it really doesn't matter to me. I guess I prefer playing tackle, but I'll play anywhere."
Clelland has scholarship offers from Maryland, Notre Dame and Nebraska. He's hoping his trip to Ann Arbor nets him from coach Carr.
"If Michigan offers I'll definitely consider them the same way that I'm considering the rest of the schools," Clelland said. "I can't say how much of an honor it is to have all these schools recruiting me. I grew up with my brother and seeing him with all his offers, I've always been driven to be like that and then having it happening to me is really cool."