Art Forst (6-foot-8, 305 pounds) got a glimpse of the Notre Dame campus when he was in town for the spring game. Although he enjoyed his trip, it didn't provide a close up view of the Irish program.
"It was a good trip. I got a look at the campus and get a feel for the tradition," Forst said of his second trip to Notre Dame. "I got a chance to sit down with coach Latina and get a more in-depth look at their offense and blocking schemes. I met with him for a while. He took his time and broke things down and just talked about his philosophy. He's a really good coach, I like him a lot.
"I spoke with coach Weis. He actually gave me a campus tour which was really neat. He showed me places he used to hang out when he was in school there. I just really liked it, it was a good experience.
"I got a chance to meet with one of their professors and one of their admissions guys, so we took care of the academic side as well," Forst said. "He cleared me to enroll in the spring which is a huge possibility for me. I have the credits and everything, but I need to talk to my family and other people and decide if that's what I want to do. I think I'll be ready, but we'll have to see. I'll have to take my exams a week early in order to leave on time, but that shouldn't be a problem."
Notre Dame wanted Forst to end his recruitment while he was on campus, but according to Art, the Notre Dame coaches didn't pressure him for a decision.
"Coach Latina was kind of busting chops saying that he thought they'd have [my commitment] by now, but he didn't pressure me at all," Forst said. "In fact, coach Weis said, ‘I know that we're a player, I know Rutgers is a player, I know Florida is player. I'm not going to say anything bad about any of the programs, because they're all great programs, and they're all very different programs. We're going to recruit you. We're going to do our due diligence, and we're going to do the best that we can to get you.'
"I appreciated that, because it wasn't overbearing. He didn't try to corner me, when it would have been very easy to do so. He didn't pressure me to make a verbal. He just said that they were going to do their best and that he hoped that Notre Dame was where I ended up…that's it."
That strategy might pay off in the end for Notre Dame, because it may earn the Irish two more visits.
"It's a possibility that I'll come back for their camp," Forst explained. "It's a possibility, but not a huge possibility. I'll probably come back sometime before my official visit and then I'll take an official visit [to Notre Dame].
"I thought that I'd have a decision made by now. Obviously that would be nice, but I think I've decided to take some official visits. I like Notre Dame, I like Rutgers and I like Florida, but I haven't felt the ‘wow', that this is the place that I'm supposed to be. Therefore, I don't feel that I need to rush things."
Rutgers, Florida and Notre Dame have been in the lead for Forst, but there are at least two other schools that are looking to stay in the mix.
"Tennessee has been peaking my interest lately," Forst said. "I think that I'm going to try and take a visit down there. If I do, I'll try to do that in the next couple weeks.
"If I have time to take all of my official visits, the University of Virginia would probably be the other school. They're still under consideration. I like the campus, I like the coaches and I like the distance from my house. I'd be away at college, but I could still jump in the car and be home in five hours."