At Notre Dame's camp on Monday, Austin White was able to accomplish both objectives.
"I liked the campus a lot," the 6-foot, 190-pound White said. The Livonia, Mich. product already holds verbal scholarship offers from Michigan and Michigan State. "It was a really nice campus. We drove past, I think the church and the Grotto. I saw the field a little bit, and it was really nice. That was pretty much all I saw, but it was a nice environment around there."
White also saw the practice fields, where he worked with Irish offensive coordinator/running backs coach Mike Haywood.
"That was one thing I did like about them," White began. "They were straight with you. If you weren't getting something done, they made sure you did that right. They wouldn't move on until everyone had it right. I wanted to go up there and learn something also, and I did and liked that. I liked their coaching strategies."
Notre Dame certainly likes White's game.
This past season, White teamed up with his older brothers Mitchell and Myles to lead Stevenson High to the state's Division I title game. He ran for roughly 1,700 yards and 26 touchdowns. White added four receiving scores, and is also a threat in the return game judging by his 90-yard return for six in the state championship game.
A month ago, Corwin Brown and Notre Dame showed its face to White, who is also hearing from Ohio State, Iowa, Wisconsin and several other programs.
"His Dad or Grandfather talked to my Dad, and he wanted me to call him, and that was the first time I talked to him.
"I talked to him a couple days before camp, letting him know I was coming."
White got some one-on-one time with Brown while in South Bend.
"I talked to him for a few and he talked to my parents," White said. "He was just saying that they are interested in me and will be recruiting me. I don't know what that means, but we'll see what happens. I have to stay in touch with him.
"I like him. He's a good guy. I like the whole setup they have at Notre Dame. It's pretty nice."
A place White has found nice his whole life, is East Lansing and Michigan State. His father Michael ran track for the Spartans and still holds two school records. His brother Myles will be a scholarship football player there in the fall, while Mitchell will begin his collegiate career on the gridiron as a walk-on.
"It's kind of early but I do like State a lot," White said. "I like the coaches up there, and how they run stuff. I've been up there a lot with my brothers. It's a lot more comfortable for me. I like them a lot, but I don't know if they're my favorite. All my schools are my favorite right now."
Which includes rival Michigan.
"I like Michigan a lot too. We'll just have to see I guess. Right now, I'm still looking around and want to see as much as I can before I make that decision."
White has a GPA of 2.9. He has run the 40-yard dash on an indoor track in 4.43 seconds. At a recent Michigan State camp, he clocked a 4.48 on turf.
Before leaving Notre Dame, Brown told White he wants to see him back in South Bend for a game this fall. He also got to share a moment with Irish head coach Charlie Weis.
"I talked to coach Weis for like a half second," White said. "He was a busy guy. I just said hi to him. I talked to the running backs coach for a couple minutes. He was just giving me pointers."