This weekend, Byron Moore found out why all three are verbally committed to play for the Irish.
Moore, a four-star safety from Narbonne High in Los Angeles, took an official visit to South Bend, arriving on Friday and leaving on Sunday.
"It was cool," the 6-foot-1, 205-pound Moore said. He is currently verbally committed to USC, but after the trip, is now strongly considering Notre Dame as well.
"Pretty much everything. It was a real great place to visit. The facilities are real nice, the whole atmosphere, the coaches, everyone was like family up there."
Now the Irish want Moore to be a part of the family.
"I like the place and all, but I'm committed to USC," Moore said. "So I'm just thinking about it right now, still going through the process."
Moore doesn't plan to do much with recruiting as the state playoffs are underway. In helping lead the Gauchos to a 10-1 record, Moore has 30 tackles, five interceptions and one fumble recovery. He also has 39 receptions for 722 yards and eight touchdowns.
"After the season, I'll get more in depth with it," Moore said.
He plans to be very thorough, as recruiting has pulled him in different directions. Moore gave UCLA a verbal commitment back in April, but he changed it in June to USC.
Meanwhile, Moore had been keeping in touch with Irish assistant coach Brian Polian for a couple months. He plans to still talk with Polian once a week. He will do the same for USC.
On Friday, Moore arrived in time to watch Notre Dame do its walk thru in preparation for the Syracuse game. He also met the Irish coaching staff, talked with academic advisors and toured the campus. Moore had dinner with the staff at Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, and caught up with his host, freshman defensive back Jamoris Slaughter.
"He was a real good person," Moore said. He is from Georgia, but he was telling me how he adapted to the new environment."
Slaughter also told Moore how he started the "Crank Me Up" cheer the Irish team and student section does during games.
"That was cool how he started it," Moore stated. "The student section was crazy. They stand up the whole game and just cheer whether they're down or not."
Moore was prepared for the cold weather. He packed his thermals and sweaters, but the freezing temperatures during the game took him and the two other official visitors, Tyler Gaffney and Manti Te'o, into the media room to watch the second half.
The 24-23 loss to Syracuse, and the cold temperatures, didn't put a damper on the trip for Moore. He said that Notre Dame is heading in the right direction.
Before the game, Moore watched film and talked with Irish defensive coordinator Corwin Brown.
"He was just showing me some clips of some of the safeties he's coached in the league, and how he coaches his DBs and stuff," Moore explained.
"They think I can come in early and play at safety, and help them out a lot."
Before leaving on Sunday, Moore got some one-on-one time with head coach Charlie Weis.
"That went real well," Moore said. "He was just telling me I would fit in well with the program and stuff.
"The way they say they recruit, they look at the person's character and abilities on the field, and what type of person I am, and that everything about me fits in well with their family-oriented program."