Expectations Met

Notre Dame didn't show much on the field this weekend against USC, but they did have a number of recruits come to town. One surprise visitor was running back Jonas Gray from Detroit Country Day School(Beverly Hills, Mich.). Gray is currently committed to Nebraska, but he wanted to take a look at what the Irish had to offer.

All spring Jonas Gray (5-foot-11, 215 pounds) wanted Notre Dame to offer a scholarship, but as time moved on, nothing materialized. Eventually Jonas felt he had to move on and he committed to Nebraska over the summer. A lot of things have happened since e made his commitment. One thing that has occurred is that Jonas finally received his scholarship offer from Notre Dame last week.

"I found out last week that Notre Dame wanted to offer me a scholarship," Gray responded when asked why he had renewed interest in Notre Dame. "It doesn't matter if Notre Dame came in late or not. I understand that it's a business. I understand that they have to make business decisions. Sometimes things happen like that. It doesn't matter that they offered me late. It doesn't' matter at all. Being offered by Notre Dame means a lot to me. Growing up watching them play… the tradition and legacy of Notre Dame. I feel humbled just to be offered by them."

Not only did Gray renew his interest in Notre Dame, but he made a last minute decision to make an official visit to Notre Dame last weekend.

"We came down early Saturday morning," Gray explained. "We talked to the coaches, and talked to coach Haywood for quite a bit. We didn't talk too much about football; we talked more about how everything else was doing, like school and my social life.

"We hung out with all the recruits that were there and then we watched the game. It was a good game. Notre Dame hung with them for a couple quarters, but USC definitely pulled away. I'm not worried about it though. I look at it like they're really young and that they'll get better.

"After the game I hung out with the players," Gray said. "I hung out with Jimmy Clausen, Mike Ragone, and Gary Gray. The whole team hung out together which is pretty good. I talked to Trevor Robinson while I was there, but we really didn't talk about Nebraska. We really just talked about what was going on and said hi."

Gray had been to Notre Dame several times, so he had certain expectations. Still Notre Dame didn't fall short.

"I was never surprised by anything," Gray said. "My expectations were always high about the type of visit it was going to be and it was definitely better than my expectations. Nothing really surprised me. My mom and my uncle were with me and they loved it. They both loved it.

"The best part of the visit was hanging out with the players and talking with coach Weis. I got a feeling from coach Weis he sticks up for his players and he thinks about them as part of his family.

"Coach didn't give me a timetable or anything about getting back to him," Gray said "He just wanted me to take my time and think about things. I'm still thinking things over. I'm looking at the situation that's going on at Nebraska and I'll go from there."

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