Zach Fogerson jumped on the Notre Dame bandwagon, and the talented class of 2010 fullback from Seattle, Washington has been an Irish fan ever since.
"It's just because everyone goes into those games like aw man, we're going to play USC and we're going to get killed," the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Fogerson said. "I like the way (Notre Dame) plays every game, every down like it's 4th-and-1."
Over the last week, Fogerson, who already holds a verbal scholarship offer from Washington, has been excited to receive three different pieces of mail from his favorite college program.
"I just like the atmosphere there, I can just tell it's a great place academically, and it's just been a childhood dream to play there," Fogerson said.
"I've just been getting like little things of there weight room, I got their schedule, and I've been getting stuff about having a good year and just stuff like that."
Besides Notre Dame and Washington, Fogerson said he is hearing a lot from USC, Tennessee and California. There are plenty of other programs sending over information as well.
Every school recruiting Fogerson is going to be pleased to hear this. The O'Dea High standout actually likes to play fullback. In helping his team go 13-1 and advance to the state championship game, Fogerson carried the ball 55 times for a ridiculous 615 yards and six touchdowns. He also had nine receptions for another 90 yards, and proudly stated he had no drops.
But those stats aren't the ones that get Fogerson the most excited. The one that gets him going, is that he paved the way for his older brother Johri to rush for over 2,600 yards.
"I can say, with a smile on my face, that I had a tailback rush for 2,600 yards," Fogerson began. Johri is now a freshman at Washington. "I like getting the glory, but I'm not just like oh yes, I hate this spot because I have to block most of the time."
The role will change for Fogerson beginning this fall, as he is now O'Dea's primary ball carrier.
"I look forward to carrying the load for our team," Fogerson said.
Fogerson reports a GPA of 3.0, a bench press of 280 pounds, and a squat of 415 pounds. He runs the 40-yard dash in 4.65 seconds, and learned a lot watching his older brother go through the recruiting process. Fogerson himself, hopes to be verbally committed somewhere by this time next year.
"First, I have to like the area," Fogerson said. "And then, I have to like the school, like the atmosphere at the school, like the coaches, academics, and think about if I want to spend the next four years of my life there.
Fogerson has taken visits to Washington and Oregon, and with his brother playing for the Huskies, he says Washington will always remain in his top two or three favorites.
"I'm going to go see USC, I'm going to see Notre Dame, and I want to go see Cal."
Fall camp and two-a-days has been different this go-round for Fogerson at O'Dea. With his brother away at school, things haven't been the same.
"Yeah, because like he was always on my back and now it's like wow," Fogerson explained. "Totally different. I'm used to seeing him leading the pack and all this stuff. Used to hearing him calling Irish-jacks. It's just weird not seeing him everyday now.
Irish-jacks are jumping-jacks named after O'Dea's mascot. Perhaps down the road, Fogerson will remain Irish and help Notre Dame beat USC. Maybe even pick up a first down on 4th-and-1.