Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis saw that up close and personal on Saturday afternoon.
In town for Notre Dame's junior day with his parents and sister, Weis had the pleasure of handing over to Kyle Prater his written scholarship offer in person.
"It was a real good moment," the 6-foot-4, 190-pound receiver from Proviso West High in Hillside, Ill., said. "It was real great.
"Of course there was a smile on my face, me and my family's faces. My mom was going crazy. My dad was cool, he's a quiet guy like me. I don't usually show too much emotion, but deep down inside I feel real good about it."
Prater has also been offered by Cincinnati, Illinois, Iowa, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin. He admitted the one from Weis wasn't like the others.
"This was kind of different from the others being that it's Notre Dame," Prater explained. "It's a really great school. It was overwhelming. Now I have to keep the process moving and keep my eyes open as well.
"I see myself taking official visits, playing my senior season out, going through the whole season before I do anything and talk with the coaches."
This past season, Prater had 60 receptions for 948 yards and nine touchdowns. Notre Dame receivers coach Rob Ianello has been a regular at his school, and Prater visited South Bend for the Syracuse game this fall. It was his first time on campus since he was a little kid in town to watch his older cousin Carlyle Holiday play.
Ianello asked Prater and his family to come in before the junior day festivities began, so Weis could take care of the offer.
"He said he likes my personality more than anything, plus my grades," Prater said of his conversation with Weis. "Other than that, he put personality, then grades, and then he said he really loves my game. He said I'm all around, the total package. It was real good."
Prater talked with Ianello about how he fits into the Notre Dame offense.
"He said I fit in the offense real well at the z and even the x," Prater said. "I'm a real big receiver and could be a big threat in the offense. We watched film today, and I was really watching the receivers and how they run their routes and their releases, and comparing myself to Tate and the other guys."
Prater plans on going to junior days at Illinois and Michigan State next month. He had a great time at Notre Dame's.
"I learned that Notre Dame is a real up-front school. They shoot it to you straight, and that's all I want from a school, to tell you straight."