One of the best quarterbacks in the nation in the recruiting class of 2010, Devin Gardner regularly checks in with Irish assistant coach Corwin Brown.
"I talk to him once a week," the 6-foot-4, 196-pound Inkster (Mich.) High standout said.
"He's a nice guy. I like him a lot. We talk often."
This week's call could be an even bigger deal for Gardner.
"I'm supposed to be giving him a call sometime this week to talk with coach (Charlie) Weis."
Gardner has been doing a lot of talking with collegiate head coaches. So far, he holds written scholarship offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Wisconsin, Cincinnati, Nebraska, Bowling Green, Toledo and Central Michigan. Plenty of other programs are showing interest.
Gardner got a chance to talk with Weis when he visited Notre Dame on Sept. 13th to watch the Irish defeat rival Michigan, 35-17. He came to town with one of his teachers, and it was his second time on the South Bend campus. Gardner impressed the Irish staff at their summer camp back in July.
In the locker-room after the game, Weis told Gardner the two of them would soon be talking on the phone. Gardner also visited with Brown and Notre Dame quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus before leaving.
"They say I'm high on their priority list, so that's good and everything," Gardner said. "They say, they're really interested and they like me.
"I like them a lot, everyone is really even right now, but I like Notre Dame a lot."
Gardner had a great time at the game despite the heavy rain.
"It was exciting," Gardner began. "It was real exciting. Like, we were sitting there and (class-of-2010 running back recruit) Austin White was there, and he was like look up, and everyone was getting thrown in the air and everything in the student section. And the crank me up thing is real nice too."
Gardner is going to try and make it to the Michigan game this Saturday.
So far this fall, Gardner and Inkster High are off to a 3-1 start. Gardner has already thrown 15 touchdown passes, and is having an easy time gelling with his new teammates. Gardner transferred from the University of Detroit Jesuit, where last fall he threw for 1,000 yards and ran for 475 yards as a sophomore.