Just in case the kid with a 3.95 GPA forgot, another Notre Dame football coach was reminding him.
"They really stressed academics," William Ming said. "I didn't expect it to be that way but they did. I didn't think the football team would stress it as much as they did."
If it wasn't Ming's recruiting coach Bernie Parmalee telling him what a Notre Dame education could do for him, it was defensive coordinator Corwin Brown.
That wasn't the only thing that impressed the 6-foot-4, 250-pound Ming on his visit. It was the campus, the practice and the coaching staff as well.
"It blew me away," Ming said, adding it did the same for his parents. They arrived early Saturday morning. "It was extremely nice. Everything went real good."
Ming holds "13 or 14" scholarship offers from the likes of Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Kentucky. Up until recently, he hadn't been hearing much from Notre Dame.
"The talked to my high school coach a little bit, and they sent me the junior day invitation and I jumped on it and went there," Ming explained. Now he is hoping to add the Irish to his list of offers.
"Coach Brown said it takes them a long time to evaluate players, and he will work on it and I'll probably talk to him again this week and see what he says. They really liked the film. Coach Brown said he likes that I fly around the field and get to where the balls at."
This past season, Ming had 67 tackles with 17 of those coming for loss including five sacks. He also had a fumble recovery, but Athens struggled to a 3-7 record. The team lost 18 starters from a state championship team the year before, and Ming put up those solid numbers against what seemed like a double team on every down.
One of the things Ming noticed about Notre Dame, was that the defense has the same hybrid position he played a lot of as a sophomore. Ming said he is comfortable in both the three-point and two-point stances.
"I could see myself doing it," Ming stated.
Ming reported a bench press of 300 pounds, and a squat of 450 pounds. He can run the 40-yard dash in 4.8 seconds.
Besides Notre Dame, he has seen the campuses at Alabama, Auburn and Tennessee. Ming will travel to LSU this weekend, and will head back to Tuscaloosa and Knoxville in the near future. As far as a verbal commitment somewhere goes, Ming has no idea when that will happen.
If Notre Dame decides to offer Ming, he said he'd like to come back for a game in the fall.
"It was really nice," Ming said. "All the facilities were top notch and I liked it. There were only 10 other recruits (at Junior Day) and everything was more personal.
"Practice looked good. I liked seeing all the contact going on."
Other than the school's academic reputation, Ming of course also was familiar with Rudy. Now he knows much, much more.