Poole Checks Out Notre Dame

Hunter Poole regularly receives literature from Notre Dame, including a recent Junior Day invitation. So, when given the opportunity, the 6-foot-5, 315-pound offensive lineman from Tallahassee, Fla., wanted to see what the school was all about.

Last week, Poole got his chance.

Hunter Poole's older sister attends Indiana University in Bloomington, almost four hours away from the Notre Dame campus. While in the Hoosier State to visit her, Poole made the drive up to South Bend last Wednesday to see the school for the first time.

"I just went through all the athletic facilities, the weight room, the locker room, stuff like that," Poole said. He also took in a spring practice.

"It was really nice."

Poole, who recently transferred from Thomas County Central High in Georgia, to national powerhouse Lincoln High to play his senior football season, holds a scholarship offer from East Carolina. Besides Notre Dame, the offensive tackle reported receiving heavy interest from Clemson, Georgia, Florida State, Ohio State and Michigan State.

In South Bend for about three hours, Notre Dame offensive line coach John Latina talked with Poole for about 10 minutes. He also chatted with his recruiting coach Rob Ianello, and got to meet head coach Charlie Weis.

"They said they hadn't had a chance to look at my tape yet, but they would," Poole explained. "They have a lot of film to go through. They said they'd be down in the spring and they'd see about an offer then."

Poole definitely has Notre Dame high on his list.

"Just the prestige really," he said. Poole has a 3.3 GPA, bench presses 425 pounds, and squats 530. "What they're known for. They're known for their football."

Poole has also been to Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State, Michigan State and obviously Indiana.

"I just really wanted to see the facilities, and get a feel for the practice," Poole said of Notre Dame. "(Latina), he's not too aggressive, he's not to lenient. The team was pretty intense. They really got after it."

Poole can't wait to get after it himself. Spring football begins the first week of May.

"We're supposed to have like 90 coaches come through," Poole said. "This is going to be pretty exciting.

"I'm probably going to be a tackle. I might play some pulling guard and some nose tackle on defense."

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