Calabrese Enjoys Notre Dame

As the plane was making its descent into South Bend on Friday, Carlo Calabrese saw Notre Dame Stadium from his window and snapped a photo with his cell phone.

"It was great," the four-star linebacker from Verona, N.J. said of his view.

So was his trip to Notre Dame this weekend.

Carlo Calabrese was one of 10 recruits on the Irish campus today for Notre Dame's Junior Day. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Calabrese arrived with his parents on Friday. It was his second-ever trip to the school, but first since seventh grade when he attended an Irish football game with then tight end Anthony Fasano's younger brother and their family.

Calabrese took in the team's practice on both Friday and Saturday. He got some one-on-one time with head coach Charlie Weis, defensive coordinator Corwin Brown and linebackers coach Jon Tenuta, and really got a chance to check out the campus for the first time.

"Yesterday we went for a tour around the school, and we went to the academic department," Calabrese began. "We asked them a bunch of questions about the academics and how many people graduate and stuff. Then we went to practice after that.

"On Friday, they only wore helmets. Today they wore full pads and there was a lot more contact."

Calabrese likes the way that Tenuta coaches.

"He blitzes a lot and that's what I like to do," Calabrese said.

"We asked him questions about if they would red-shirt me, if they want me in the middle or the outside. He said he thought I'd be a good middle. He said he plays the best players and if I'm one of the best players I'll play."

Weis said the same thing and more when he met with the family this morning.

"He took us to the conference room with him, and we talked for a long time about recruiting and how it should be handled," Calabrese explained. "He said he'd like me to go there."

Brown echoed that sentiment as well.

"The coaches are real great. Coach Brown, the defensive coordinator, he is real nice. He liked me a lot. He said I fit in perfect in their defense."

There were times today, where Calabrese said he felt like he fit in well at Notre Dame.

"Around the school is nice," he stated. "It's not looking at just the football team, you have to look at everything else. It's really nice, there is nothing bad there.

The weight room was real good. (Strength and Conditioning coach Ruben) Mendoza is real good. He is a nice guy. He knows what he's talking about."

Calabrese is going to visit Penn State next weekend. He will be at Florida's spring game the weekend after that. Then a trip to Rutgers will follow.

He would like to take a couple official visits this fall, but Calabrese said a verbal commitment somewhere could come before the end of the summer. He isn't sure yet.

Calabrese has offers from Notre Dame, Florida, Boston College, Rutgers, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, and Maryland. This past fall, he had 104 tackles and six sacks. Top Stories