Carter Checks Out Notre Dame Again

Chance Carter has been to Notre Dame several times in the past, but the four-star defensive end from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Ill., thought he needed to take one more trip to the South Bend campus before making his college decision.

On Wednesday, Chance Carter attended one of Notre Dame's spring practices with his mother and brother, curious to get a look at the two new Irish defensive line coaches.

"I just thought it was really important to meet coach (Randy) Hart and coach (Bryant) Young in person, and see how they practice," Carter said.

Still considering Nebraska, Wisconsin, Stanford and obviously the Irish, the 6-foot-4, 235-pound Carter liked what he saw.

"It was different from what I saw with (former defensive line) coach (Jappy) Oliver," Carter stated. "It seems like the two coaches work really well together. They rid some of the players, they got on them sometimes, and they sometimes congratulated them, and then rid them again. That's a good thing to make sure the coach cares about them the way they do on the field."

Carter was Notre Dame's first defensive end scholarship offer in this class, impressing the Irish staff at their summer camp. He was one of the first recruits Hart called after accepting the job as Notre Dame's defensive line coach. Wednesday was the first time they met in person.

"He doesn't stop moving," Carter laughed. "Very energetic guy for how old he is. He's always ready to go, and always ready to go to battle with you and for you."

Young's Notre Dame and NFL reputation speaks for itself, but it was Carter's first time meeting the Irish's defensive graduate assistant.

"We just talked about his experiences there," Carter said. "Being a Chicagoland guy himself, and going to Notre Dame and hearing what he thought about the place, and his recruiting path that led him to Notre Dame was good.

"It was good to know that the network of connections from that school was great because that's the reason why he got back to coaching at Notre Dame. It was just cool to see that he went to the school and had some connections that got him back there coaching and helping other players just like himself, go through the Notre Dame experience because he's already gone through it."

Carter was able to chat with head coach Charlie Weis for a few minutes.

"He was mostly talking about his vacation plans, going down to Florida. It was more about life and things outside of football, just family stuff."

Besides meeting and watching Hart and Young, Carter left impressed by the program's strength and conditioning coordinator Ruben Mendoza.

"He just gave me the real basics on what he's going to put the players through on their summer break," Carter explained. "It sounded pretty good what he told me, that after spring practice, they're mainly just going to work on speed development, and get a 40 time, shuttle and three-cone test to see where they're at before they leave for the summer, and then come back for summer training. That was nice to hear."

Carter has plans to visit Nebraska next week. It will be his first visit to Lincoln. He's visited all of his other favorites, and is hoping that there will be no more trips.

"My decision will probably be a floating day sometime in May," Carter said.

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