Budmayr Takes In ND A Few Times

As the recruiting evaluation period begins, and with Notre Dame's three offers at quarterback looking elsewhere, the Irish coaching staff has turned their attention towards a few other top-notch signal-callers across the country. One of those bright young arms belongs to Woodstock, Ill., standout Jon Budmayr.

Jon Budmayr has taken a keen interest in the Irish as well.

Already sitting on offers from Wisconsin, Nebraska, Arizona, Illinois and Northwestern, Budmayr visited South Bend for Notre Dame's first junior day, and came back last week for a spring practice.

"I've been in contact with them," the 6-foot-1, 194-pound Budmayr said. He keeps in regular touch with Irish quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus.

"I took in a practice and that was neat. I'm probably going to head back down next Monday and meet with some of the business programs at Notre Dame, and maybe talk with some of the coaches."

Budmayr, who was a prep teammate of Notre Dame class of 2008 signee and early enrollee Sean Cwynar at Marian Central Catholic, has visited all five schools that have offered him. He went out to Arizona two weekends ago for its spring game, and just drove from the airport the next Monday to South Bend for the Irish practice.

"Just the tempo of it," Budmayr said of what he liked. "Everybody was pretty upbeat and enthusiastic. I enjoyed watching the offense. They looked much improved from last year, and I enjoyed that part of the practice."

While Budmayr is making all these trips to Notre Dame, he has been told Powlus will be coming to see him soon.

"I'm not sure when, but I know he said he'll make a stop this spring," Budmayr stated.

This fall will be Budmayr's fourth as the starter. In helping lead Marian Central Catholic to the state semifinals, he threw for 2,033 yards and 15 touchdowns in just eight games. As a sophomore he had 1,913 yards passing and 14 scoring tosses.

Budmayr wants to make his college decision before his senior season, but declares no favorites. That also goes for the Irish if they were to offer.

"With each offer that I've gotten, each one is treated the same and the same would go with Notre Dame," Budmayr explained. "I would look at them all the same."

But what keeps bringing him back to South Bend?

"Just the opportunity to go and visit Notre Dame," Budmayr stated. "It's such a great campus. I just want to get a little more familiar with the coaching staff and they've been recruiting me. I've been intrigued with Notre Dame, and it's a good opportunity for me to get over there and visit with them anytime I can."

Budmayr has also been hearing from Tennessee, Boston College and Stanford. When he was at Notre Dame's practice, he was able to catch up with head coach Charlie Weis and Powlus for a few minutes.

"They kind of just talked about how their spring was going and said they'll be out making some evaluations this spring, and they'll keep me posted with what's going on."

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