Offered Juniors Get ND Game Experience

Notre Dame had several recruits on campus for its 35-17 victory over Michigan on Saturday, including a number of guys in the class-of-2010, who were taking in a Irish football game for the first time.

Irish Eyes caught up with a few of the class-of-2010 recruits, whom already hold a written scholarship offer from head coach Charlie Weis and Notre Dame.

Max Bullough:

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker from Traverse City, Mich., was not one of the many recruits in the Notre Dame Stadium stands for the first time.

Bullough's grandfather and uncle suited up for the Irish, and he's been to games in South Bend on several occasions. However, he's never gotten the royal treatment of a recruit before.

"It was cool being on the sideline before the game," Bullough said. He holds scholarship offers from ND, Stanford, Iowa and Michigan State. "I've done that at Michigan State, but never at Notre Dame. That was cool.

"I've never sat by the student section, band or cheerleaders before. That was cool. It was a different environment.

"The environment was great. It always is. I always love going there."

Bullough caught up with Irish defensive coordinator Corwin Brown and linebackers coach Jon Tenuta before the game.

"They were just happy to see me," Bullough said. He camped at Notre Dame in the summer. "I hadn't seen them in awhile, so it was good."

Bullough will attend the Ohio State-Michigan State game in East Lansing later this season. Bullough's father, uncle and another grandfather played football for the Spartans.

Christian Lombard: The 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive tackle from Palatine, Ill., attended his first Notre Dame game with his father and a friend. He holds scholarship offers from the likes of the Irish, Michigan, Illinois, Iowa and Stanford.

"It was great," Lombard stated. He came with his father and a friend. "I had no idea how crazy the fans were. I had people coming up to me saying you need to come to Notre Dame. Just random people off the street.

"All the tradition Notre Dame has. I know people have talked about it, but I've never really experienced it and it was quite an experience."

Lombard got some one-on-one time with Irish head coach Charlie Weis before the game in his office.

"He said I was one of his top guys, and they want to try and land me, and I'm really important to them."

Lombard also got some one-on-one time with assistant coach Rob Ianello, and a chance to meet former Irish head coach Lou Holtz, who was in town for a 20-year reunion from his 1988 National Championship team.

"I used to live in South Carolina, so I'm a big fan of his. I was saying I used to live in South Carolina. He said South Carolina is good and all, but this is a one and a million place."

Lombard will visit Michigan on the 27th when the Wolverines host Wisconsin. It will be his first time watching a game in Ann Arbor. Lombard has previously attended games at Iowa.

Chance Carter and C.J. Fiedorowicz: The two Illinois prospects rode into Notre Dame together. It was the first game in South Bend for both of them, and they were accompanied by Carter's AAU coach, and Fiedorowicz's father.

"It was great," Carter stated. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound defensive end earned his Notre Dame offer at camp this summer. "I really loved it. I loved everything about it when I was down there."

Fiedorowicz picked up his offer after an unofficial visit to Notre Dame this summer. Weis called the 6-foot-9 tight end and Carter into his office before the game.

"He told us we are on top of his list, and he wants to get us to go there so we can get other kids to come," Carter said.

Florida offensive lineman Brandon Linder was also at the game. A teammate of Notre Dame verbal commit Ben Turk at St. Thomas Aquinas High in Fort Lauderdale, Linder was taking in the Irish campus for the second time. However it was his first game.

Stay tuned to Irish Eyes for details on Linder's trip. The offensive tackle favors Notre Dame, Florida and Miami, and holds offers from all three programs.


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