Notre Dame will likely add at least one more defensive end to this year's recruiting class. Chase Clement (6-foot-5, 240 pounds) hasn't had an opportunity to speak with the Notre Dame coaching staff, but they are keeping an eye on him.
"Notre Dame stopped by my school and talked to my coach, but I didn't get a chance to talk to them," Clement responded when asked about his contact with Notre Dame. "I still get a lot of letters from them, but I haven't gotten a scholarship offer from Notre Dame. I haven't spoken to coach Weis and he's never asked me to come play for him.
"I'm definitely interested in Notre Dame. I would love to get out there some day. My dad said he wouldn't mind driving up there with me. I want to see what Notre Dame is all about. I want to see all the tradition and I want to see those gold helmets up close. I really just want to get up there and see everything."
Clement holds scholarship offers from LSU, Florida, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland, Purdue, Colorado, Louisiana Tech, and Tulane. Chase won't have a lot of free time to visit schools this summer, but he does plan on attending a couple football camps.
"I just got back from the Ole Miss camp," Clement said. "I was awarded the MVP of the whole camp. I worked out at both defensive end and tight end at the camp. I did really well. They couldn't find an offensive tackle that could stop me and then when I went to tight end, I did outstanding. I caught a bunch of passes. I had some one-handed catches. I showed my athleticism in front of the coaches and they told me that they were impressed with how agile I was.
"This summer we're going to Florida on a family vacation, so I might drive over to Gainesville and take a look at their campus. I'll probably go to the LSU camp. Although I have offers from them, I want to show the coaches what I can do. I know some people like to go to camps to earn an offer, but I want to go and learn and make myself better. I also want to get to know the coaches better.
"I'd like to take some trips this summer, but I've got a lot of things that I need to schedule around," Clement explained. "I've got to work. I've got to work out at school. We have some seven-on-seven camps we have to go to. Right now I'm just trying to see what will work with my schedule. I've really got a busy summer."
If Chase isn't able to fit any additional unofficial visits into his schedule, he'll find his top five schools and then schedule official trips.
"My coach and I have talked about my official visits, but we'll need to talk about it some more," Chase said. "I'd like to take a couple official visits once football season comes. I'll probably take a couple in January and end up making my decision after that."