A Bunch of Budmayr

Marian Central Catholic head coach Ed Brucker can't get away from the Budmayr family.

"That's okay," he laughed.

Just as soon as Brody Budmayr graduated from the Woodstock, Ill. high school, his brother Jon stepped in as a freshman and replaced him as the starting quarterback. In three seasons, Jon Budmayr has grown into one of the top signal callers nationally in the 2009 recruiting class.

"When he graduates, I'll have to get his younger brother," Brucker said. "Of course, right now he's only in sixth grade."

In good time, in good time.

In the present, the 6-foot-1, 194-pound Budmayr has already been offered a scholarship by Northwestern, Illinois, Wisconsin and Arizona. Notre Dame, the school Budmayr has visited by far the most over the years, Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue, Boston College, Connecticut, Florida and Kansas are all showing strong interest.

While Brody, who now plays at Loras College in Iowa, was the starting quarterback at Marian Central Catholic, Jon was hanging around and soaking up whatever he could.

"We spent a lot of time together," Jon said. "Even when I was in seventh and eighth grade, I was quizzing him on the routes and stuff, so I got a head start with that."

Brucker wanted to bring Budmayr along slow in his summer program, but the freshman proved day in and day out that he had what it took to take over for his brother.

"He showed the poise and arm to beat out a junior," Brucker said. "I've been coaching 35 years, and I hadn't seen any freshman with the maturity and physical capabilities Jon had."

Budmayr has blossomed since then.

This past season, Budmayr teamed up with Notre Dame signee Sean Cwynar to lead the Hurricanes to a 10-3 record and a spot in the state semifinals. In just eight games, Budmayr threw for 2,033 yards and 15 touchdowns, en route to being named all-state.

As a sophomore, he threw for 1,913 yards and 14 touchdowns, helping Marian Central Catholic advance to the state title game.

"He's got very good throwing technique, and he's got a strong arm," Brucker said. "He's just a very mature kid both physically and mentally. He can read defenses. We don't pick out a receiver on our patterns. He recognizes the defense and figures out who will open up. He is real good with that."

Budmayr attended Notre Dame's one-day camp last summer, and has been receiving interest ever since. Head coach Charlie Weis and assistant coach Rob Ianello have been in for games according to Brucker, and have also come by the school. Most of that attention was directed towards Cwynar, but Budmayr is definitely on Notre Dame's radar.

"I have a great relationship with them," Budmayr said. "I've been talking to coach Ianello about every two weeks. I call him, and he's been explaining the process they go through before they extend an offer to a 2009 quarterback.

"He just let me know, I sent them my highlight tape and they're going to take a look at that with a bunch of other kids‘ tapes, and once they narrow that down, they'll send it to (quarterbacks) coach (Ron) Powlus and then eventually to coach Weis, and they'll choose from there."

Budmayr is hoping for an offer.

Since first or second grade, Budmayr has attended games at Notre Dame, and has always been a fan. He attended the Boston College game unofficially this past season. The only other place he has seen a game at, is Northwestern when he was in seventh grade.

"It's just an amazing place with the Basilica and the Grotto," Budmayr said. "It's just an amazing campus.

"My interest is very high," Budmayr has a 3.2 GPA. "It's just a terrific school. I've been familiar with Notre Dame since I was a little kid. I just wanted to get to know the coaches more."

Budmayr isn't fazed by the fact Notre Dame signed five-star standouts Jimmy Clausen and Dayne Crist in its last two recruiting classes, and will be making his next trip to campus on Feb. 24 for the Irish's junior day.

Budmayr camped at Wisconsin, Northwestern and Iowa. He was at Illinois for a recent junior day. He plans to go to a Stanford or USC Nike camp this summer, and hopes to have made a college decision by the start of his senior season.

"That could be at the beginning of the summer right up to August," Budmayr said. "That just depends on when I feel comfortable and know the right decision.

"I just want to get to know the environment of the school and get to know the coaching staff. The level that the football program is at is important, and number one, the education of the offer."

When Budmayr does go off to college, tiding Brucker over between Jon and the next Budmayr in line, is the father who is the program's sophomore coach.

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