Barrett Checks Out ND For The First Time

This past weekend was a blast and a blur for top-300 player Jordan Barrett.

Jordan Barrett was one of ten Notre Dame recruits that holds a scholarship offer, that attended the Irish's spring game. The 6-foot-2 ½, 225-pound linebacker from Notre Dame High in Sherman Oaks, Calif., made the trip with his father.

It was Barrett's first time on the South Bend campus. Prep teammates Dayne Crist and Anthony McDonald, who signed with the Irish in this past recruiting class, were also in attendance.

"Oh man, it was fun," Barrett said. Besides Notre Dame, he holds a scholarship offer from Washington and is also being recruited heavily by USC, UCLA, Oregon, California and Virginia.

"Me and my Dad went. We flew out of LAX about six in the morning on Friday, and we had to go from Salt Lake City to O'Hare. We got to O'Hare around four, got some food and drove all the way to the school.

"We got there, got out and no one was really there. We kind of looked around at all the different buildings, the stadium and stuff, and then we went back to the hotel. We were kind of tired and just passed out.

"The next morning, I went at about eight o'clock and met with Tom Lemming," Barrett continued. "There were eight or nine recruits out there, and we took some pictures for his magazine. Then we went and changed, and went to The Gug center and saw all the coaches, and we sat down and talked with them. I talked with coach (Brian) Polian, coach (Corwin) Brown and coach (Charlie) Weis. I met coach (Jon) Tenuta. I said hi to him. Dayne was there with all the signees, and I said hi to them. He introduced me to some of the guys.

"From there we went to lunch set up in a tent outside. We had a big lunch and coach Weis talked and introduced the coaching staff and everything. From there we went over to the stadium for the game, and it was cool going on the field before the game. It was cool to see them warm up and the band was playing and there were a lot of people there, it was a cool experience."

Barrett said he didn't have a picture in his mind of what Notre Dame's campus would look like. After the weekend, he now has plenty of mental pictures. Following the spring game, Polian took Barrett and his father on a personal tour of the campus.

"The stadium and the facilities blew me away," Barrett said. The fans were amazing. They were probably the most enthusiastic fans I've seen. Getting to talk with the coaches was great, having that one-on-one time with them, being able to hang out with the signees and the guys already playing there, it was cool going on a visit and being able to talk with them and hang out with them."

Barrett and his father met with Weis before the game.

"We talked about everything," Barrett said. "He was glad I came out and visited, and we talked about the whole process. Just kind of how everything is going. He asked how I liked Notre Dame so far, and how everything was going for me, and the deal with other schools."

The deal is Barrett isn't quite sure when he is going to commit, and has no favorites. He has also visited USC, UCLA and California. He will be back in Pasadena for the Bruins spring game this coming weekend.

"I just want to sit down with my parents and try and look where everything is during the next couple months, and see where the whole recruiting process is going."

Barrett is expecting to see a Notre Dame coach out at one of his spring practices. This past season, he had 90 tackles, 13 of those coming for loss, including five sacks. He also had four pass break ups, two interceptions and one interception return for a touchdown. Top Stories