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This summer, Danny O'Brien performed so well at Notre Dame's one day combine, the Irish coaching staff told him that he didn't need to come back later for the week-long camp. Although the Kernersville, N.C. product proved himself, the 6-foot-4, 195-pound quarterback loved the campus so much, he wanted to come back anyways.

So Danny O'Brien, one of the top signal callers in the state in the class of 2009, came back and not only attended the football camp, but the basketball camp the next week. During the season, Notre Dame assistant coach Bill Lewis contacted O'Brien's head coach Todd Willert, and has been sending loads of mail.

"He said that he liked his arm strength, and that he saw some good things out of his footwork during the bag drills," Willert said. Lewis also asked for film of O'Brien as well.

Notre Dame isn't the only school expressing interest in O'Brien. Duke, North Carolina and East Carolina all came by the school this week. Clemson, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and North Carolina State are also showing a lot of love. He is waiting for his first scholarship offer.

This past fall, O'Brien threw for around 1,900 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also had eight rushing touchdowns and was intercepted just six times.

"He has the arm, he as the size, you can't teach 6-4," Willert began.

"He has a lot of those intangibles that people down here see, a lot of the recruiters that come in and speak to the young man, they see how intelligent he is, and the leadership skills he has." With advanced classes, O'Brien has a 4.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale. "He's a smart kid. He is one of those dream quarterbacks you have, that can go out there and lead the team."

Willert referred to Notre Dame as O'Brien's dream school.

He grew up watching Notre Dame. His father played hockey and won a Bengal bouts light heavyweight championship back in 1979. Even though his Dad is a graduate of the University, the initial one-day camp was O'Brien's first ever time on campus.

O'Brien later came back for games against Georgia Tech and Michigan State this season.

"I really want to get in contact with them, and see what they want me to do," O'Brien said of Notre Dame. "I'd love to go up there again. I love it up there. It was a good experience."

The basketball camp was a pretty crazy experience.

O'Brien is getting some mid-major interest from schools like American University for his talents on the hardwood, and while he was at the Notre Dame basketball camp, he got an outstanding opportunity.

"I played with the varsity the last day I was there," O'Brien said. "One of the coaches asked me to run with them, and I played the next night. It was awesome getting to play with a college team. It was a definitely a good experience. I hit one or two shots and just guarded the guards. They were taking it easy, no crossovers or anything like that."

On Jan. 5, O'Brien was in San Antonio, Texas for the U.S. Army National Combine, showcasing his talents among the country's best juniors.

"I think I did well," he said. "Me and my teammate David Collins, we prepared a lot at our school with our speed and strength coach just to get down there and show out. I liked the competition down there.

"I had some good throws and some bad throws. We really didn't get to throw that much. I think I threw only 12 or 13 times. There were some good quarterbacks, but I raised my game and competed at their level."

O'Brien ran a 4.8 second 40-yard dash at the Alamo Dome, but says he has run a 4.64 before. He reported a bench press max of 240 pounds, and a squat max of 435 pounds.

During the season, O'Brien also visited Wake Forest, North Carolina, North Carolina State, East Carolina and Clemson. He said he could see himself making a college commitment late in the recruiting process, so he can "give himself enough time to make a decision," and would have to analyze a situation like having young quarterbacks the caliber of Jimmy Clausen and Dayne Crist already in the program.

"I'd look at it," O'Brien stated. He grew up in Minnesota and would've played at Cretin Derham Hall if he hadn't moved. "It would come into play a little bit. But I think comfort with the school, the academics and the coaching staff and players would play more of a role in it." Top Stories