It's a long drive from Aliquippa to South Bend (Ind.) but David Posluszny (6-foot-2, 212 pounds) wanted to watch his future teammates take on USC. David didn't stay in town long, but the trip was well worth it.
"It was good, I'm glad I had a chance to go," Posluszny responded when asked about his visit to Notre Dame. "We left real early on Saturday and got there about noon. I went with one of my buddies. He's a real big fan of Notre Dame, so I was glad I got to show him a lot of the things that he wanted to see. We kind of went off on our own, and I showed him the Basilica, the grotto, and the football facilities.
"After the game, we were going to stay around and talk to coach Weis," Posluszny explained. "But we decided that we were going to get out of there and make the trip in one day. I don't like long weekends, because you have school on Monday and practice, so we left shortly after the game."
Before he left, David did get a chance to speak with his future defensive coordinator.
"Every time I talk to coach Brown, he's always so enthused about the upcoming years and the future of the defense," Posluszny said. "It's always great talking to him and see how enthused he is about everything.
"I like watching the team play, but I'm obviously watching the linebackers. They seem like they're the strong points of the defense. The inside backers seem like they're playing off a lot of blocks. It's amazing when you start watching the game how much they deal with linemen."
Before David landed at Notre Dame, he was hoping to finish his high school career strong. Unfortunately an injury sidelined him for several games and ultimately affected Hopewell's season.
"Our season is really disappointing to be honest," David said. "Going into the fourth week we were 3-0 and ranked No. 2 in the state. Unfortunately I got a concussion and we ended up losing a close game that week. I wasn't able to play in the next two games and we dropped those. I came back and we lost that game, so we just hit a bad stretch. Last week we got back on track with a win. Unfortunately next week is our last game, because we're out of the play-offs at 4-4.
"It was tough because those three games were really important for how we stood in our conference. Our conference is really competitive, and everyone is right there. If you drop one you're going to be in a tough spot. Unfortunately we hit that patch and dropped four in a row.
"I feel great now," he explained. "I'm [playing] ways. It's our last game at home. It's tough to swallow with how things played out, but there's nothing we can do about it now. It is what it is. We've just been practicing hard, and we're going to play our hearts out."
Posluszny hasn't used his official visit yet, so he is looking to make a return trip to South Bend. He just isn't certain which weekend he'll take his visit.
"I'm sure I'll be out for a home game," David said. "I remember the coaches saying that a lot of the guys were coming up for the banquet weekend. I might do that or I'll come up for a game. I'm not real sure yet."