Denzel McCoy received his gold scholarship offer from the Irish coaching staff over a week ago, and on Monday, the standout defensive tackle from Duluth, Ga., was finally able to catch up with Weis about it.
The two talked for 10 minutes.
"It was awesome," the 6-foot-4, 275-pound McCoy stated. "It was great to talk to him. I loved talking to him. Very out spoken. Very easy to talk to. We spoke about how I felt about Notre Dame football, and the academics there, as far as the way he runs things and stays on top of kids' grades because he tries to keep a promise for kids to graduate with a degree from Notre Dame. He tries to keep kids' minds stable on graduating from the school with that degree, which is really impressive.
"He made the conversation pretty easy. He asked me how it feels to go to college without having your parents have to pay for it. He said he was going to make things personal between him and myself, and that I'm one of his top guys coming in."
As a matter of fact, McCoy is Notre Dame's top defensive tackle on the board, and the only player at that position currently holding an Irish offer.
This past season at Northview High, McCoy had 73 tackles with nine going for loss including seven sacks.
"It makes you feel great," McCoy said. "He told me I'm the only defensive tackle they've offered so far. It's kind of a special thing and an honor. Defensive line is a key position and that lets me know they see something special in me and want me to come to school there."
So does almost 30 other college programs, and that list is still growing. Following the Notre Dame offer, McCoy received full-rides from Auburn, California and Tennessee. Alabama, Florida State, LSU, Miami and Penn State are a few of the many more that have sent over a written offer.
McCoy claims no early favorites, and would like to make his college decision before the start of his senior season.
"I just have to get out to these schools and visit," McCoy said. "We're going to be on the road a whole lot."
McCoy told Weis he hopes to see Notre Dame for the first time this April. It's a possibility that he and his parents ride up with Tai-ler Jones and his father. McCoy and the four-star Jones attended elementary school together, and regularly keep in touch.
Notre Dame assistant coach Jon Tenuta is also a guy that McCoy keeps in contact with. The two have already spoken a few times, and McCoy added that he needs to call him again soon.
"I like him a lot," McCoy said. "He's very straight forward, a cool guy, very comical. He's a great guy overall and cool to talk to. A serious football mind which is pretty cool."