Garrett Goebel (6-foot-5, 270 pounds) had already taken an unofficial visit to Notre Dame, but he felt he needed to get back to get a more in-depth look at the campus.
"I was at Notre Dame on Wednesday," Goebel responded when asked about his trip this week. "When I got there, I sat down with Corwin Brown and then I met with coach Weis for 45 minutes. They said that they can see me at all three positions up front, but that they wanted to bring me in as an end in the ‘3-4'. When they went into the ‘4-3', I'd be a tackle.
"Coach Weis was really honest and upfront. He seemed like an awesome guy. I was really impressed when I walked away from our conversation. He seemed really honest and he said that he was going to be that way with his players and his recruits. He said it would be a good transition for me coming from a Catholic school to go to Notre Dame that has a smaller population.
"It's certainly a plus, but it's not that important," Goebel said. "I think the education at Notre Dame is better than other schools. They also have a higher graduation rate. They had one of the highest graduation rates in the country last year."
After a busy morning and lunch, Goebel had a chance to speak with several people about what Notre Dame offers academically.
"I met with a computer application person and the academic people," Goebel explained. "I sat down with the people that were in charge of the tutoring for the football team. They went through the program and went over what my schedule might be like. The first time I went to Notre Dame I was a little intimidated by the academics, but I left pretty confident that I could fit in.
"After that I met with my position coach, coach Oliver and then wrapped things up at about 5:00 p.m. I was there the whole day one-on-one. It was a good opportunity to get more comfortable with the coaches at Notre Dame. I didn't really see anything new, because I was already there.
"I still want to go back to Ohio State's and to Michigan," Goebel said. "I might go to Ohio State's camp next week, and then Michigan the week after that. I'll just stop by and get a tour."