Brice Butler (6-foot-2, 190 pounds) was one of several top recruiting targets that was in town for Notre Dame's annual Blue-Gold game. Butler wanted to see what Notre Dame had to offer and he came away excited about the opportunities it presented.
"It's a great environment to be in," Butler responded when asked about his visit to Notre Dame. "Everything is nice up there. I really didn't expect the campus to be as nice as it was. It's a great place. The players are like a family and they're great to be around. Coach Weis is a good coach. He's a coach that you can trust to tell you the truth. I like it a lot up there.
"I met some players, Armando Allen and Jimmy Clausen. Jimmy said that they need some receivers that can get down field. He said that they some guys, but that they could use a couple more so they can win championships.
"I asked them how they liked it compared to the city, because they're both from bigger cities. They've had a chance to travel around the area more than I have, but they said its nice. They said that they can stay focused up there on what you need to do. They're up there to win championships and get their degree and they said that they think Notre Dame is the best place to be right now. It really doesn't matter if a school is in a big city or not to me to be honest. I could go to South Bend without any problem."
Butler understands the academic opportunities that Notre Dame provides, and from a football prospective, he came away impressed with several things.
"No.1 was the head coach, Charlie Weis," Butler replied when asked what stood out most from his visit. "I liked the facilities. Everything was nice. I like their quarterback situation. They have Jimmy Clausen and Demetrius Jones up there right now, and then they have Dayne Crist coming in next year.
"I didn't expect there to be as many opportunities for wide receivers. After Jeff Samardzija and Rhema McKnight left I thought that they'd have a couple guys ready, but there are ton of opportunities for wide receivers to come in and make an impact."
Although Notre Dame offers a lot, the competition for Butler's signature will be heavy. Brice has offers from just about every top program in the country.
"I'm not really sure how many scholarships I have," Butler explained. "After I got up to twenty I stopped counting. There are so many colleges and you know that you can't visit every one, so I basically sit down and do research on them. I look to see where the school is, who the coach is and who they have on the coaching staff. I look at the receiver situation to see how many guys they just picked up in the 2007 class. If I go on a visit I meet with the players and coaches and then I ask myself if I can really see myself playing with them."