Massa Eyes A Big Summer

Luke Massa wanted to visit Notre Dame this past weekend to show the Irish coaches he was interested in the program. The standout quarterback from Cincinnati, Ohio found out the staff is intrigued by him as well.

However, it looks like it will take one more visit from Luke Massa, for the St. Xavier standout to have a chance to earn a Notre Dame scholarship offer.

"It was a lot of fun," Massa said of his Saturday trip to South Bend for the Irish spring game. "All the coaches said they have a lot of interest in me, and they just want me to come up for a camp.

"I'm definitely thinking about going up there."

The camp season is going to be huge for the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Massa, who just picked up his first scholarship offer from Wisconsin last week.

After stepping in late in the season as a sophomore, and helping lead St. Xavier High to a state championship, a broken collarbone cost Massa most of his junior season. It also cost college coaches a lot of film to evaluate the talented signal-caller.

That pretty much sums up the conversation Massa had with his Notre Dame recruiting coach, Jon Tenuta.

"He said I need to come to camp and throw," Massa said. "He said they needed to see a little more film because of last year with my collarbone, but he said they like me a lot."

Massa also got some one-on-one time with Irish quarterbacks coach Ron Powlus.

"He said the same thing, he just wanted to see me throw.

Looks like Powlus, Tenuta and head coach Charlie Weis will get a chance to see what Massa can do.

"I'm not going to force it or anything. I'm going to have time to show them I can throw, so I'm not too worried about it."

Besides Notre Dame, there are several other schools interested in seeing Massa at their camp to toss the pigskin. Boston College, Virginia, Cincinnati, Michigan State, Vanderbilt and Duke are a few of the many programs that have inquired about Massa.

"(St. Xavier) Coach (Steve) Specht says a lot of schools are really close (to offering)," Massa said.

Obviously, Massa would really like to get an offer from Notre Dame.

"I've been there a lot of times, not even for recruiting, but just for games and stuff," Massa said. "I always like it every time I go up there. I like the campus, I like the tradition there, and I just like the environment."

Massa attended the Notre Dame-Pittsburgh game last year as a recruit with four-star teammate Matt James. He returned with his left tackle this past weekend, and was also accompanied by his father and uncle. It was another great trip.

"We heard some guest speakers, we had lunch, we sat around in The Gug center, and talked to coaches and we went out to the game. I was on the sideline for pre-game, and then we sat in the crowd and watched the spring game.

"I thought the best guest speaker for me was coach Powlus because he is the quarterbacks coach and he played there." Chris Zorich, Kinnon Tatum and Bryant Young also talked. "It was good for me to hear about his experiences at Notre Dame and to take that under consideration." Top Stories